Fire-LiteAlarms by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announcedtoday its new commercial wireless fire alarm solution to protect challengingapplications and high-cost installations, as well as building expansions. The
SmartWireless Integrated Fire Technology (SWIFT)
detectors and modulesseamlessly integrate with new and existing Fire-Lite Alarms fire alarm systems.
Using a Class A, mesh network where everydevice acts as a repeater with redundant path communication, SWIFT systems arerobust and self-healing, making them a highly-reliable fire detection solution.Once a mesh network is formed, a restructuring automatically occurs to find thestrongest paths within the network. Unique mesh IDs in each SWIFT networkprevents miscommunication with other devices and inherent frequency hoppingprevents system interference.
Theelimination of wires leads to more flexibility in installation, reducing the costof running wire through concrete walls/ceilings or areas where materials suchas asbestos are a concern. Wireless technology also benefits the numerousinstallations where mounting detectors is extremely challenging.
Hybridapplications where both wired and wireless detection can be used are perfectfor SWIFT," said Mike Lynch, vice president-engineering for Honeywell FireSystems. "If you've got an ornate interior that makes detector placement difficult,or places like parking garages where drilling through concrete is costly, SWIFTis the ideal solution."
Theinitial launch of SWIFT devices will include photoelectric, photo/thermal,standard heat, and rate-of-rise heat detectors, plus a monitor module. A systemcan have any combination of up to 50 devices per wireless gateway, includingthe gateway itself and user interface driver. Spacing of SWIFT devices should follow NFPA guidelines for theapplication. In an average environment, SWIFT devices can be placedapproximately 50 feet from the gateway and from each other. Various factorssuch as physical barriers and other radio transmissions can affect signalstrength, therefore a site survey before installation is recommended. The SWIFTsystem offers a site survey procedure, which allows an installer to preview asite for wireless viability before a system is purchased.
More information on Fire-Lite Alarms' SWIFT solutionis available online at