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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
January 5, 2017


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CES 2017 sneak preview: Oven that prevents fires and false alarms set to be unveiled by GE Appliances

CES 2017 will feature an oven that turns itself off when smoke or fire is detected.

Developed by GE Appliances the appliance has been integrated with Google’s Nest Protect, a smart smoke alarm for the home.

The detector, which also detects carbon monoxide, sounds an alarm and sends notifications to the user’s smartphone when the oven has been deactivated.

GE announced the Nest integration in the build-up to CES 2017, which kicks off today in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Cooking should be an enjoyable experience, but we know that sometimes there are mishaps in the kitchen,” said Paul Surowiec, vice president for cooking products at GE Appliances. “Our integration with Nest Protect helps us ensure that our connected oven owners are safer when cooking, especially when the oven is left unattended.”


Nest Protect features a split-spectrum sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to distinguish between fast- and slow-burning fires.

Residents can remotely silence an alarm using the ‘app silence’ function, even when not at home.

From their smartphone they can also conduct safety checkups on sensors, Wi-Fi connection, horn and speaker.

Last year we spoke to Nest Labs general manager for Europe Lionel Paillet about how the Nest Protect smoke and carbon-monoxide alarm tests itself 400 times a day and ‘speaks’ to smart-home lighting during an emergency. “The Nest Protect alarm redefines what people should expect from their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms,” he said.

Paillet spoke at FIREX 2016 about how to combat False alarms in the smart home.

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The Nest Protect smoke and CO2 alarm

Nest Labs was founded in 2011 by former Apple employees Tony Fadell and Matt Rodgers, who sold the company to Google for $3.2bn (£1.8 billion) in 2014.

Other Nest products include the Nest Learning Thermostat and indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras.

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