A fire in the Grenfell building in London, England, killed 71 people last June, sparking global concern. The fire also sounded a wake-up call for the fire safety and emergency treatment of high-rise buildings. Philips, a senior management, also admits that there are many fire certificates, fire safety and emergency lighting standards are being undermined.
"We know that if you find the right person, you can easily get the building's fire certificate, regardless of whether your (emergency lighting device) has been tested," said Peter Earle, a business development manager at Philips OEM, in an interview. This is a very unfortunate thing. ”
"Automated testing is part of the solution, but it is also an educational challenge." If you have a self-test, you can shut down the system and check it first. Automated testing and self testing are certainly the direction of development, as the latest BS5366 standards also refer to automated testing and self testing. ”
Earle that the future of emergency lighting will be a dynamic system that can adapt to environmental changes in real time to ensure safety.
"The system will eventually become an adaptive system that uses machine learning, historical data, and real-time information in buildings, such as where people run to." Are they trying to escape? ”
In recent years, lithium-ion batteries in mobile phones, laptops and aircraft on the spontaneous combustion of a number of reports. In 2013, for example, four Boeing 787 Dreamliner had electrical problems due to lithium-ion batteries, and in 2016 the lithium-ion batteries of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 were barred from flying after a problem.
Earle also talked about the controversy over the current introduction of lithium-ion batteries into emergency lighting systems.
"I think we need to remain open to these new technologies," he said. Lithium-ion battery technology has made rapid progress in research and development and performance. ”
"I wouldn't worry too much about that. The advantage of lithium-ion battery is long life and high power density. And in terms of lighting, you need it to stay up for a long time. ”
"Like some other technology, the battery doesn't discharge when the lamp is on the ceiling," he said. ”
Other benefits of [lithium-ion batteries] are parasitic power. Lithium is good at saving electricity, so it does not need to recharge regularly, and only trickle charge can keep the best charging status for emergency lighting. ”
He also hinted that there would be some new product launches in the field.
"Some specific chemicals are good for lighting," he said. I think we need to take an open attitude and be prepared for the changes in the market over the next few months and years. ”