Lauren Backstrom

NFPA publishes proceedings from Smart Home Summit

Blog Post created by Lauren Backstrom Employee on Jan 6, 2016

6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d18d4f4b970c-300wi.jpgBelow are the proceedings of a Summit we held last October that addressed planning for the application of Smart Homes. This day and a half Summit was hosted by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, and is a supplemental effort to the earlier NIST funded project to address the “Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting.” Here, “Smart” is understood to be the use of emerging technology relating to cyber-physical systems, and “Homes” is interpreted as where people sleep.


This effort focuses on the emerging trends in safe living where technology and fire safety intersect. The intent is to promote technological solutions for fire safety and emergency responder concerns. Summit participants represented a unique and rare gathering of the safety, homebuilding and technology communities. The program provided an overview of technological trends, technology and cyber physical systems, and the challenges of the residential fire problem.


A key deliverable from the Summit was the establishment of a collective voice from emergency responders and fire safety professionals to guide technology developers to effectively address the home fire problem. The event likewise clarified emerging trends, established networking dialogue, identified knowledge gaps/needs, and confirmed a vision for the future of safe residential living. Specific summary observations from the Smart Home Summit include the acknowledging the home fire problem, addressing technological solutions, and general overall observations on the Summit to assist with planning next steps.


Download the proceedings from our website.