Alarms by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced
today its new commercial wireless fire alarm solution to protect challenging
applications and high-cost installations, as well as building expansions. The Smart
Wireless Integrated Fire Technology (SWIFT) detectors and modules
seamlessly integrate with new and existing Fire-Lite Alarms fire alarm systems.
Using a Class A, mesh network where every
device acts as a repeater with redundant path communication, SWIFT systems are
robust and self-healing, making them a highly-reliable fire detection solution.
Once a mesh network is formed, a restructuring automatically occurs to find the
strongest paths within the network. Unique mesh IDs in each SWIFT network
prevents miscommunication with other devices and inherent frequency hopping
prevents system interference.
elimination of wires leads to more flexibility in installation, reducing the cost
of running wire through concrete walls/ceilings or areas where materials such
as asbestos are a concern. Wireless technology also benefits the numerous
installations where mounting detectors is extremely challenging.
applications where both wired and wireless detection can be used are perfect
for SWIFT,” said Mike Lynch, vice president-engineering for Honeywell Fire
Systems. “If you’ve got an ornate interior that makes detector placement difficult,
or places like parking garages where drilling through concrete is costly, SWIFT
is the ideal solution.”
devices look and operate exactly the same as their wired analog/addressable
counterparts. The SWIFT devices are UL listed in compliance with UL
268, UL 864 and part
15 of the Federal Communications Commission rules.
initial launch of SWIFT devices will include photoelectric, photo/thermal,
standard heat, and rate-of-rise heat detectors, plus a monitor module. A system
can have any combination of up to 50 devices per wireless gateway, including
the gateway itself and user interface driver.
Spacing of SWIFT devices should follow NFPA guidelines for the
application. In an average environment, SWIFT devices can be placed
approximately 50 feet from the gateway and from each other. Various factors
such as physical barriers and other radio transmissions can affect signal
strength, therefore a site survey before installation is recommended. The SWIFT
system offers a site survey procedure, which allows an installer to preview a
site for wireless viability before a system is purchased.
More information on Fire-Lite Alarms’ SWIFT solution
is available online at www.firelitewireless.com.