Technavio’s latest residential smoke detector market in the US report highlights three key emerging trends predicted to impact market growth through 2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as something that has potential for significant impact on the market and contributes to its growth or decline.
“The photoelectric smoke detectors segment should expand at a rapid rate during the forecast period. Growth in this segment may be spurred by the reducing number of ionization smoke detectors. Photoelectric smoke detectors offer a fast response to smoldering fires (which are responsible for a large number of fatal fires) and this is another major reason spurring demand for such devices,” said Anju Ajaykumar, one of Technavio’s lead industry analysts for heavy industries research.
“Technavio researchers expect that the support of local and international organizations and authorities (such as IAFF) and ordinances passed by local authorities in the state of Ohio will further expand the market for these smoke detectors in the US. Low incidences of nuisance alarms generated by photoelectric smoke detectors is another reason for their growing popularity,” added Anju.
Technavio’s market research study identifies the following three emerging trends expected to propel the growth of the smoke detector market in the US:
- Integration of smoke detectors with building systems
- Advances in technology
- Increased research activity in robotics
- Integration of smoke detectors with building systems
The smoke detector industry is setting basic standards for dependability of smoke detection systems with other building systems. Hence, smoke detectors are being increasingly integrated with residential building systems. The integration of smoke detectors with building systems results in many economic and operational benefits.
Decreased energy usage, reduced cost of overall systems, and enhanced communication during emergency situations are some of the benefits that augment the demand for smoke detectors in the US. Various safeguard measures are being set to prevent any human error which may cause the disconnection of smoke detectors. Systems are being developed to prioritize smoke detection systems in case of heavy protocol traffic in the building systems. Several vendors like Honeywell are providing customized integration based solutions for safety systems. Honeywell’s EBI integrates life safety solutions with other building management systems that facilitate the user to not only maintain more cost-effective control over increasingly complex facilities but also respond faster and more effectively to emergencies.
The growing application of CCTV as video image smoke detectors is another advantage of integration of building systems. There are two main advantages of using CCTV as smoke detectors, which are:
They are approved by authorities to function as smoke detectors which eliminate the need to install traditional smoke detectors in addition to CCTVs. These systems can be practically installed in spaces with high-ceiling or vehicle tunnels where the traditional smoke detectors may not work properly.
The improving standards for integrated systems like National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 4 will play a major role in ensuring the proper functionality as well as increasing applications of such systems. The NFPA 4 standard is an upgradation to older NFPA standards and is aimed at facilitating innovation and to increase growth opportunities for smoke/fire detectors dealers/integrators. It will also ensure the safety of intelligent buildings or integrated buildings.
Advances in technology
Technological advancements in smoke detectors technology is one of the major trends in the market. Some prominent technological advancements include, individual smoke detector sensitivity adjustment, maintenance-needed indication, and drift compensation. Technology advancements are mainly directed toward reducing nuisance alarms and increasing the rate of detection of actual fire.
The development of such smart detectors is being expanded for use in residential buildings with the growing awareness of benefits from these systems among the contractors as well as manufacturers. Technavio researchers estimate that the use of such smart, addressable detectors accounts for approximately 35% of all residential buildings in the US.
One of the major areas of technology advancements that is expected to significantly impact the adoption of smoke detectors is the advanced signal analysis via software. The technology involves the conversion of sensor signals to mathematical formulas, which are then compared to sophisticated algorithms in order to differentiate between harmless smoke and emergency fire. The technology is anticipated to reduce the amount of nuisance alarms, a major reason for intentional deactivation of smoke detectors by house owners in the US.
The growing efficiency and effectiveness mainly due to competency of the manufacturers, contractors, inspection officers in the smoke detection business will further lead to their greater adoption in the forecast period. Effective and high-quality training programs organized by associations such as the Automatic Fire Alarm Association and the National Fire Protection Association add to the effectiveness of these advanced systems.
Growing application of smart smoke detectors
Rapid development in smoke detector technology along with IoT and big data technologies have led to the expansion of smart smoke detectors. Smart smoke detectors are programmable detectors that are connected to Wi-Fi. The high connectivity features of smart smoke detectors facilitate easy monitoring of battery status, receiving alerts of smoke detection, and controlling the operations through mobile devises from discrete locations.
Various smart detectors also are equipped with the capability of monitoring the overall air quality of the house, which also supports their growing application, especially in smart homes. However, the price remains a major challenge for its growth. During the forecast period, prices are expected to decrease with the development of technology and increasing market competition. Features like air monitoring capabilities support the use of smart detectors in smart homes are anticipated to significantly impact the sales of smoke detectors in the US.
Source: Technavio Research