Key Features
Supports OEM analogue cameras
Can be used with existing analogue surveillance systems
Monochrome & colour camera compatibility
Stand-alone friendly


VideoFyre is a next generation, highly flexible video smoke and flame detection solution, for use with new or existing analogue surveillance cameras, which combine to form a system.

At the heart of VideoFyre is a compact, single channel IP video encoder which analyses the content of a single camera input using sophisticated, reliable algorithms to determine the presence of smoke or flame in the camera’s field of view.

Unlike earlier video smoke detection systems, VideoFyre is completely self-contained and is not connected to a large central processing unit. Instead, each analogue camera has its own dedicated encoder enabling single or multiple camera solutions to be realised and either monitored individually or collectively using multi-input DVR’s.

The VideoFyre encoder is PC configured using an IP address over any standard internet browser and is presented with a straight forward menu style user-interface for simple configuration of detection areas, sensitivities, exclusion zones, alarm outputs and video encoding options. In addition, VideoFyre is also equipped with volt-free alarm and fault contacts for direct connection of VideoFyre to local fire alarm monitoring systems.

VideoFyre Hardware

Product Design

The research and development team have managed to compress the video smoke detection hardware into a space that’s a mere 55 millimetres tall. This has resulted in an incredibly compact and lightweight universal video smoke detection solution.


W: 75mm

H: 55mm

D: 110mm

Practical and Simple Connections

With the overwhelming amount of options many life safety systems now require, it’s very easy to over complicate a product. With that in mind and simplicity as the main objective, R&D got to work and designed a simple but effective product that is not only compact but allows for the most appropriate connections and options that VSD systems require.

  • 1 x Analogue Video Input
  • 1 x Analogue Video Output
  • 1 x Ethernet In
  • 1 x Ethernet Out
  • 1 x RS-232
  • 1 x 12V dc Power
  • 3 x Volt Free Relay Outputs (Smoke, Flame, Fault)


There are currently no product performance standards for video smoke detection. However VideoFyre conforms to the latest British Standard:

BS 5839-1:2013 as described in section 2, article 21.1.3


The key goal for VideoFyre was simplicity, so as well as a compact design, the programmable setup interface had to be easy to navigate, easy to adjust and easy to understand. So to start with, the software which makes the system work had to be accessible from anywhere.

A major problem with software is the hardware compatibility issues. With the increase of smart technology and the higher costs to develop, it is getting harder to maintain software which is available for every platform such as Windows and Apple Mac. VideoFyre overcomes such issue by integrating the software into the hardware. So, all that is required to remotely access the setup interface is the units IP address and a web browser.

The System Setup Interface

When installing and commissioning a VSD system indoors or outdoors, there are many environmental factors to consider, air flows, the weather, lighting and moving objects to name a few. Set at default, the parameter settings for each VideoFyre unit are generally ok to use in most applications, however in some cases, settings may need adjustment to increase the systems performance.

Some of the configuration parameters available

Smoke Setup

  • Set the time span the system requires to track the smoke before the analysis process starts.
  • Confirm the amount of regions that must be activated before triggering an alarm.

Region of Interest Mask Setup

Ignore selected areas such as a ‘welding station’ by masking the area to prevent unwanted activations.

General Setup

  • Give the system a recognisable name which the users can understand.
  • Set the correct video mode (PAL or NTSC) to ensure the correct country colour coding system. 

Network Setup

Change the units IP address along with other options such as enabling DHCP.



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