Johnson Controls Introduces SafeLINC for Real-Time Fire Alarm Control Unit Connectivity

Johnson Controls’ newly announced SafeLINC infrastructure platform utilizes Cloud technologies to provide real-time communications.

MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls, a global manufacturer of smart, healthy and sustainable building technologies, has announced the release of SafeLINC. 

The Midwest company says its latest solution is a Cloud-based data-hosting infrastructure that gives users the ability to remotely access and gather actionable data from its entire suite of fire alarm control units. SafeLINC provides users with a Cloud-connected gateway and a Cloud application platform accessible via web browsers and native iOS and Android mobile apps.

Together, Johnson Controls emphasizes, these components provide facility managers and technicians with real-time life safety infrastructure for faster, more effective emergency response, management capabilities and ongoing maintenance planning.

“As a facility manager or technician, SafeLINC lets you see what’s happening at all your fire alarm control units at once, giving you a better ability to coordinate your responses,” says Tony Gryscavage, director of product management, Johnson Controls. “Outside of emergency situations, SafeLINC is a tremendous boost to maintenance operations. From your desk, you will be able to plan maintenance tasks more efficiently and get direction remotely from engineers who can diagnose problems and advise on-site technicians.”

SafeLINC Powered by Cloud Technologies

At the heart of the SafeLINC infrastructure is the SafeLINC gateway device that is easily installed into Autocall 4007ES, 4010ES and 4100ES fire alarm control units by simply adding a card. Once connected to the Internet via LAN or cellular connection, the gateway sends data from that specific control unit to the Johnson Controls Fire Detection Cloud Platform. SafeLINC is part of the Johnson Controls OpenBlue family of connected solutions that supports healthy people, healthy places and a healthy planet.

Johnson Controls explains the SafeLINC web UI connects users to the Cloud platform where they can access and gather information from all the control units connected to their account, as if they were standing in front of the control units themselves. Facility managers can use this interface to remotely view control unit status, access reports, manage user accounts and devices, connect with technical support, and communicate with mobile app users.

According to the company, the mobile app offers a number of features to allow on-the-go access to control unit information. Users can check for current active events, examine status readouts from multiple locations, and view and search historical events. Push notifications through the app will also alert users about the most current readings. The app is available on iOS or Android platforms.

Johnson Controls adds that SafeLINC is hosted on the Microsoft Azure platform, and it is managed by the Johnson Controls Global Infrastructure Group. Moreover, the company points out the platform has passed its cybersecurity testing.

“Providing mobile access to fire alarm control unit information is vital for people operating in the field,” comments Gryscavage. “If a maintenance team is on one side of a campus doing one task, a mobile alert can notify them of a problem elsewhere so they can immediately address that issue. This level of communication improves their overall efficiency while limiting system downtime.”

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