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 NOTIFIER 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.”
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.