Connected Innovations scoop ESF Safety Innovation Award 2022
Electrical Safety First recently held its annual Product Safety Conference in London, and as part of the day the winner of the coveted Safety Innovation Award was announced.
The accolade went to Connected Innovations for its complex and clever socket outlet, backed by a core safety and communications system, which monitors a range of external factors, and can ultimately prevent the risk of overheating that could otherwise lead to a fire.
The product was invented by the Founder of Connected Innovations, Anthony Parfitt, who has over 30 years of experience developing life-critical safety solutions for the Home Office, Police and Network Rail.
Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First, said: “Connected Innovations’ entry was the judges’ unanimous winner. We believe the company has developed a product and system which could make a major contribution to reducing electrical fires and would be a significant safety protection measure if established in tower blocks.
“We developed this award to recognise businesses who put safety at the heart of their work, while incorporating sustainability and innovation, and Connected Technologies certainly ticked all the boxes.”
Mr Parfitt added: “We are delighted to receive the award. This is the result of so much hard work which was inspired by the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire. Too many lives are lost to preventable electrical fires and Ci technologies can help prevent these tragedies from happening again.
“Electricity is the leading cause of fires in homes; more than half of electrical fires start in the wiring, plug or socket, when heat is released from loose connections or electrical arcing, causing them to ignite if not addressed. With our patented smart devices linked via the Internet of Things, we aim to elevate the humble electrical socket to the front line in the fight against devastating electrical fires.”
Connected Innovations sockets detect heat build-up in the plugs and nearby wiring and turn the appliance off, stopping the fire risk before it starts. The same patented technology can be deployed by Connected Innovations within the appliances themselves, working with manufacturers, helping to prevent the more than 5,000 appliance malfunction fires each year in the UK.