Project Title:

Fire Fingerprint Sensor-On-A-Chip For Early Fire Detection.

The SMEs behind SMOKESENSE intend to introduce a radical change in the fire detection technology currently in use today, through the development of a novel fire-detection system involving the development of miniaturized smart fire-detection sensors, and associated sensor systems. Currently available technologies have several limitations such as relative late fire detection and risk of false alarms.

At the present stage of development, the Smokesense prototypes are providing a significantly increased sensitivity, and at the same time they are able to discriminate precisely what they detect. The impact of this will be significantly reduced fire damages and reduction of false alarms.





The role of Tekever is in the project RTD. Tekever has developed communication devices and protocols for the Smokesense units. For partners IVV and FE, the developed transmission units can also be applied to both companies’ normal core products and secure installation efficiency improvements.

Tekever has participated in the total project period represented by Mr. Pedro Santo Antonio on the scientific and technical part.

Link to Tekever website:

The role of KIT is in the project RTD. KIT is mastering the Nano fiber sensor chip technology, and has during the project advanced this enabling a very significant reduction in power consumption, and simplification without compromising sensitivity and general performance.
Furthermore KIT has developed the associated software needed for signal interpretation (LDA, Linear Discrimination Analysis)

KIT has participated in the total project period represented by Prof. Martin Sommer on the scientific and technical part.

Link to KIT website:

The role of JVI is in the project SME. The original intended task was mainly PCB mounting, but JVI took over a large part of the scientific work related to sensor chip specific PCB layout, Sensor chip, Software integration, and has contributed to the project far beyond the anticipation.

JVI and Project coordinator Fire Eater has agreed a close partnership in the industrialization of the sensor chip production, as well as cooperation in other fields within both companies existing core products and competences.

JVI has participated in the total project period represented by Mr. Jörg Volk.

Link to IVV website: (German)


The role of DBI is in the project RTD, responsible for searching for the “Fire Fingerprint” by testing various heated and burning materials, and to investigate existing international standards with relevance to Smokesense.

DBI has participated in the total project period represented by Mr. Finn Massesson and Ken T. Olsen on the scientific and technical part.

At the end of the Smokesense project Mr. Finn Massesson retired, and the whole consortium appreciates the high level of competence and contribution to the project that Finn provided personally and with his team on behalf of DBI

Link to DBI website:

Link to DBI Smoksense info (Danish):

The project ended by 31st of December 2015.

The project has achieved its primary goal: A sensor capable of detecting substance concentrations in air of less than the target of 10 PPM. Sensitivity of less than 10 PPB can be achieved with the current produced Smokesense units. With these very low concentrations Smokesense can distinguish between various gases, aerosols and fumes creating a particular smell.

In the present version Smokesense features an auto-learn function that will enable adjustment to the environment by a snapshot of the normal smell pattern. After the learn period the Smokesense unit can provide alarm in case of deviations from normal. This can be supplemented by device specific algorithms, that the unit has been trained with e.g. for heated plastic, wood, paper, HCN or CO.

The first production series will be installed during April to June 2016 at:

Netgroup datacenter, Denmark.

Amerex, USA. Manufacturing area, Compressor room, Water treatment plant.

Fire Eater, Denmark. Production area, Warehouse, Offices, Canteen

DBI, Denmark. Fire test area.

Partner Fraunhofer

The role of Fraunhofer is in the project RTD, responsible for developing a micro pump to control the airflow over the sensor element

Fraunhofer has participated in the total project period represented by Mr. Christian Wald on the scientific and technical part.

Link to Fraunhofer website: