Multimode fiber system unifies multiple fire alarms

Aug. 18, 2014
Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell has released its Lite-Connect multimode fiber solution.

Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has released its Lite-Connect multimode fiber solution, designed to join as many as 16 remote fire alarm control panels together to report all systems’ signals to a central monitoring station as one. The company says the system's centralized reporting method eliminates significant telecommunications costs to communicate signals from each individual panel.

According the company, the Lite-Connect platform allows more details to be reported on all systems’ events, as opposed to the traditional method of running copper signaling line circuits between buildings. The company contends that the use of multimode fiber-optic cable to connect panels offers robust protection from common ground faults, and other electrical surges -- many times caused by lightning strikes.

According to Fire-Lite, unlike traditional copper wire connectors, Lite-Connect utilizes multimode fiber-optic cable to protect all control panels from common ground faults, and electrical surges caused by lightning. Moreover, the information reported contains actual point or zone information for all event types, offering first responders and service providers a better understanding of the issue and where it is located.

School, apartment and retail complexes are target Lite-Connect applications, says the company. Any combination of up to 16 MS-9050UD and MS-9200UDLS remote fire alarm control panels from Fire-Lite Alarms can be connected via fiber and report out all signals through an MS-9050UD as the “main” panel.

“Lite-Connect offers dealers a big competitive advantage when you’re looking at a job involving two or more panels,” says David Pakech, vice president of sales for Fire-Lite Alarms. “This blows away the stigma that Fire-Lite is only good for small to medium sized applications. Dealers can now offer a dependable, non-proprietary system with the same level of protection and cost efficiencies to larger facilities and campuses.”

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