Automist Smartscan

Automist - Intelligent fire suppression


Benefits of using Automist

Automist uses an infrared sensor and an algorithm to detect a fire. It can begin working before a traditional fire sprinkler because it does not rely on a significant heat build-up, helping reduce smoke and maintenance of survivable conditions. The early warning alarm can also be integrated into the system's detection. Automist can operate 2 to 14 times quicker than a concealed sprinkler (effective RTI 20 m½s½, C factor 0.25 m½s). 
Automist is a dry pipe system, which means its pipes are only loaded with water when the system is activated. It does not have to be protected from freezing in the same way as a wet pipe system, as the water is held back in a space that can be maintained at temperatures where freezing isn’t a concern.
Automist minimises consequential water damage and the scale and cost of remedial work if the system is activated. When a traditional fire sprinkler activates, it can produce 60 litres of water per minute, enough to fill a bathtub in 2 minutes. Automist actives early deploying ten times less water.


This revolutionary new system can detect fires, locate them, and put them out preventing the destruction that can be caused by fire and water in our historic property. We are proud to be the first in the U.S. to install the Automist System and comforted to know that our visitors’ safety is assured and the Goodridge Freedom Center is protected from fire related damage.

Carol Kauffman

Carol Kauffman Community Development & Housing of Crispus Attucks

This simple but clever device should become a permanent safety feature in the home. Smoke alarms are an essential part of modern life but have remained fundamentally unchanged for forty years. Automist not only detects a fire but can put it out as well.

James Dyson

Sir James Dyson British inventor & founder of the Dyson company

This system is a lifesaver. There are a lot of benefits to this, as firefighters, we know this is going to help us.

David P Michaels

Fire Chief - David P Michaels City of York, Fire Rescue Services

An innovative design concept that elevates the principle of fire sprinklers to a new level. The system is defined as an integrated part of the interior and equipped with highly advanced functionality. The topic of fire safety is thus expanded by a pathbreaking novel interpretation. This fire sprinkler system emerged as a design element within a living space, unifying safety with elegance.

Red Dot

Red Dot Jury Product Design Design Award 2016

We are on the crest of a new system that will do exceptionally well and cause less water damage.

Sonny Scarff

John “Sonny” Scarff Led Marriott’s Fire Protection & Life Safety Department for 38 years

How does Automist compare to fire sprinklers

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 Product Type


Traditional Sprinklers

 Nozzle location

Automist wall mounted electronic nozzle

Ceiling Mounted
Automist wall mounted electronic nozzle

 Water supply cost*
 (Often not included in quote)

no cost
Automist connects to the existing water main

Tank, water main upgrade, or priority water value

 Key installation process

Routing the hose behind the plasterboard wall
Automist wall mounted electronic nozzle

Bringing down the ceiling to route the sprinkler pipe
Automist wall mounted electronic nozzle

 Speed of activation

Operates quicker on slow-growing fires
Medium sized fire

Requires significant heat build-up to activate
Large sized fire

 Fire detection method

Reliable electronic trigger
Automist spraying watermist

Frangible glass bulb
Fire sprinkler flowing

 Water discharged
 (in ten minutes)

0.3 bathtubs
1/3rd of a bathtub

3.3 bathtubs
1/3rd of a bathtub 1 bathtub 1 bathtub 1 bathtub

N.B. Approximate costs are for a three-storey house with an available flow of 11lpm at peak demand*

How Automist Works

When triggered by a connected detector, all the spray heads in the area will begin scanning. They start measuring the temperatures within the room using an infrared sensor. The scan is looking for an exceptionally high-temperature reading or a differential increase between scans. All heads which locate a fire during a scan are then compared to see which has the best view.

A selected spray head will lock onto the desired location and activate the high-pressure pump, driving mains water through the unique nozzle unit, quickly directing a dense fog into the location of the fire. Our spray heads are wall-mounted (around light switch height) to avoid ineffective evaporation in the hot layer in the ceiling and the upward flow of hot combustion products. Automist leverages the natural turbulence the fire creates and seeks to ensure watermist is entrained into the seat of the fire. 

Activates faster than everyday glass bulb sprinklers


Earlier activation for slow-growing fires with an effective RTI of 20 m½s½ and C factor of 0.25 m½s

Plumis Awards and Certifications