Technology Innovator Awards 2023

May21135 Best Home Health & Safety Technology Company 2023 - USA SAAM is committed to improving health outcomes for people through the introduction of devices that save lives. It champions health and safety with fire alarms and chemical air monitoring systems that allow consumers to react far quicker than traditional smoke alarms. The company has positioned itself to capitalise on the new UL standards with its novel patented technology in smoke and fire technology. Founded by Rob Qualls and John Coates in West Palm Beach, Florida, SAAM began life as a company known as Sentelligence. In the early days (2002), the company focused on smart diagnostic technology for diesel engines, developing a spectral oil condition sensor that provided real time oil degradation levels. The focus for SAAM shifted in 2016 when it decided to concentrate on the consumer health and safety market using the available learnings brought forth by its Intellectual Property. SAAM decided to leverage one of its patents that perfectly fit the bill for a research indicated gap in the market, the need for new and innovative technology governing air quality. This provided the impetus needed to pursue ambient air technology further, with initial testing confirming the technology’s feasibility. SAAM discovered the crowning glory of its operating procedures when it realised that its technology was capable of detecting chemical changes in the air indicative of smoke and fire. This soon led to channelling the business in a new direction after meetings set up with industry Sep23350 experts confirmed the level of interest in this technology was high. In November 2019 Sentelligence became SAAM, which stands for Special Analytical Air Monitoring. The name was changed because it was felt important not to confuse a market already familiar with Sentelligence as a globally recognised diesel engine technology company. SAAM currently has 6 patents issued, with 4 pending. It is benefitting from extensive independent testing at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute where the S-Series GEN-I has been outperforming the competition with 400% faster alert times, even triggering on some occasions when competing devices failed to respond. One of the problems with the current popular smoke alarm technology found in many residential homes is that it’s over 70 years old. The ionization tech which can be found in 96% of US homes will become obsolete in June 2024 when new certification levels are introduced by UL (Underwriters Laboratory), the organisation that sets the standards for smoke alarms. The second available technology, photoelectric, was introduced in the early 1970s and has remained stagnate for over 50 years, failing to adapt to the changing building materials used in modern homes and furnishings. The SAAM S-Series is designed using spectral technology that measures chemical changes in the air to detect smoke and fire. The way the tech works is by connection to occupants smart apps, notifying recipients of an alert. In the event of a non-life-threatening situation the user will have the ability to silence the alert, and log that it is a nuisance. Spectral detection through spectroscopy has been commercially available for decades, used predominantly in the medical world. It has necessitated equipment that was too large and costly for consumer applications, until now. The dramatic reduction in size and cost of spectral detection is one of the many strengths SAAM has brought to the fore. It has successfully reduced the size of spectral detectors to about the size of a quarter, and the cost to a few dollars. The majority of households are beholden to antiquated ionization technology, which works well when fires are flaming, and was better suited to the 1950s when furniture materials tended to be more natural, but isn’t particularly helpful for today’s homes. The photoelectric option is better at detecting smouldering fire, but due to the sensitivity of the alarms can easily react to false events such as shower steam or cooking. Unfortunately, that leads to many people disabling their alarms, leaving them with no protection whatsoever. In today’s homes, furnishings are more commonly made from synthetic materials, which can burn slowly whilst also emitting toxic fumes such as hydrogen cyanide. This can be the cause of catastrophic effects within seconds. It is meritorious that smoke alarms have become such a popular household accessory, but the majority do still rely on out-of-date technology. SAAM, however, has developed a smart, spectral instrument that can detect smoke, fire, and gas leaks before a catastrophic event can take hold. This is tremendously good news for the industry, especially when you consider that 30 years ago homeowners had an average time of 17 minutes to escape a fire, whereas today that time has come down to just 3 minutes. This means that in the event of a fire, truly every second counts. SAAM’s goal has always been to offer products for homes and businesses that save lives. It has forged an essential relationship with a global tier one organisation that itself once pioneered photoelectric smoke alarm technology (in the 1970s), and so possesses a significant footprint in the residential market. The plan is to distribute SAAM’s devices through brick-and- “SAAM has assembled a team of former Fortune 100, 500, executives and Start-up Founders with a successful exit and product commercialization experience. Collectively, the SAAM team has over 150 years of global experience in product development engineering, marketing, and distribution.”