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Honeywell to Unveil Connected Building Solution for First Responders at NFPA Conference & Expo

The new Honeywell UL-listed, bi-directional amplifier bolsters the company’s continued efforts to deliver greater integration as part of its Connected Buildings roadmap.

LAS VEGAS — Achieving greater building connectivity through fire detection and safety solutions will be a main theme for Honeywell (NYSE: HON) during the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.

At the event, held June 10-14, the company will announce a new code-compliant, bi-directional amplifier (BDA) that boosts first responders’ signals. Honeywell bills the BDA solution as the only all-inclusive, fully integrated system on the market to meet and exceed NFPA/IFC specifications and UL standards.

Reliable radio coverage is essential for first responders during emergencies. However, 56% of fire departments have experienced a communications failure within a building during an emergency incident within the last two years, according to a survey conducted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Honeywell’s BDA solution offers an easy-to-install product that boosts signals to provide more reliable in-building coverage in mission-critical situations, according to an announcement.

“First responders risk their lives every day. Our BDA solution boosts signals throughout a building, giving first responders reliable radio service, so they can minimize threats to lives — theirs and those they rescue,” says Samir Jain, general manager, Honeywell Fire Americas.

Jain continues, “As we look to the future, Honeywell is working hard to provide integrated solutions, utilizing some of our most-trusted and best-known brands as well as developing new technologies. Our ultimate goal is to integrate hardware, third party API and other offerings as part of our global connected building roadmap to better serve our customers.”

The company will exhibit the latest products from across its family of brands: Notifier, Honeywell Gamewell-FCI, Honeywell Farenhyt Series, Honeywell Silent Knight, Fire-Lite Alarms and System Sensor.

The wares include new life-safety innovations and technology that reflect the latest in NFPA regulations and UL standards, according to the company. These include next-generation smoke detectors and a new Unified Notification Platform that is said help people communicate critical information more efficiently in environments such as K-12 schools, universities, hospitals, office buildings, hotels, transportation infrastructures, factories, industrial parks and military bases.

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