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Off-Grid Fire-Prevention Systems

RockBLOCK is a versatile, compact, low-power and dependable way of sending and receiving data from remote homes. It uses the Iridium satellite network, giving truly global coverage and is a vital part of fire prevention systems.

Off-Grid Fire Prevention Systems

Wildfires devastate tens of thousands of properties every year across the globe. Homes in remote locations are usually the worst affected as they may be alerted too late or lack sufficient extinguishing capabilities.

Regular home fire safety equipment (alarms and extinguishers) rely on a fire to have already entered the premises or someone to be home to raise the alarm. Off-grid fire prevention systems can protect properties and communities as a whole.

"This is a satellite-based system that's activated by our smart mesh network of sensors or a cell phone. Our [Malibu] Home survived a trip to hell, untouched as it was by the worst of the Malibu wildfire. This invention works."

James Dziadulewicz
B.S. Eng. mechanical and electronics engineer

Hot Shot Fire Prevention

James Dziadulewicz, a mechanical and electronics engineer, built an automated off-the-grid fire prevention system called the Hot Shot Automatic Personal Home Fire Department System. It detects wildfires in real-time and generates a virtual progression map.

The technology uses a RockBLOCK to send the data to the app built by James’ friend Matthew Jenks, a software and electrical engineer.

Since RockBLOCK is a two-way communication system, a command can then be sent back to the system to trigger the high-pressure sprinkler system to drench the property and save the home. A process which was followed and succeeded in a real-life event in 2018.

The Challenge

Many homes affected by wildfires are in remote areas outside GSM range and far from fire stations.

Moreover, while standard fire safety equipment can assist small fires, wildfires are fierce and the devastation quick, resulting in loss of assets and even loss of life. So whether at home or away, access to a robust safety system is incredibly important.

The data collected by safety systems is vital and therefore continuous, reliable transmission is paramount to its ongoing success.

The Solution

RockBLOCK is a versatile, compact, low-power and dependable way of sending and receiving data from remote homes. It uses the Iridium satellite network, giving truly global coverage and is a vital part of fire prevention systems.

Already being used by a number of remote homes with patents pending, we’re hoping to see systems being rolled out over more areas with high fire risks.

Why Choose RockBLOCK?

  • Truly global two-way coverage
  • Low power usage, small antenna
  • Plug and play product, simple setup
  • Reliable data transmission with acknowledgements
  • Lifetime phone and email support