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Intersec 2016: Latest fire & security products

by Alexander Pieri on Feb 2, 2016


Mark Fenton, general manager, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Honeywell Security & Fire.

Going beyond simply showcasing its latest technologies in fire safety and security systems, Honeywell’s participation at this year’s edition of Intersec focused on highlighting the benefits of system integration.

From their stand, the team from Honeywell demonstrated to passers-by how efficiencies could be realised by combining system functions, such as access control, CCTV and cyber security, into a single interface for easy management.

In addition to the demonstrations, the company’s newest offerings were on display, designed for commercial, residential, critical infrastructure and industrial environments. Honeywell’s security portfolio continued to impress, but given the recent drive and demand for fire safety technologies, the company like many others, has been increasing awareness of its offer within this particular arena.

“At Intersec 2016, Honeywell is displaying fire safety products, software and solutions from Esser, Gent, Notifier, and Morley-IAS, which are at work in the Middle East’s busiest airports, healthcare institutions, business centres, stadiums, industries and schools,” comments Mark Fenton, general manager, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Honeywell Security & Fire.

From its Notifier line, Honeywell featured its ONYX Series, a set of intelligent fire alarm control panels equipped with fire detection technologies. The series includes the IntelliQuad Advanced Multi-Criteria Fire Detector, IntelliQuad Plus and the FAAST Fire Alarm Aspiration Sensing Technology.

Honeywell also showcased the Vigilon system from its Gent product line, an analogue addressable fire detection and alarm system. Designed for owners of medium to large-sized structures, Vigilon’s interface gives users a complete and integrated fire detection, public address and voice evacuation system.

“As Dubai and the UAE continue to grow and evolve, it’s important that effective fire safety solutions and technologies are used to protect residential, commercial and industrial facilities, and the people who use them,” says Fenton.

“In addition, we need to ensure that sufficient training and rigorous maintenance programs are available to operators who are responsible for ensuring peoples’ safety during a crisis.”

While training staff and devising evacuation plans is a crucial aspect of an effective fire safety strategy, Fenton argues that raising general awareness amongst residents is equally as important.

He explains that residents would greatly benefit from understanding the potential causes of fires and how to avoid them. This in turn ensures that should an incident occur, building occupants will know how to react and how to safely exit from a building.

“Continued public awareness about fire safety is critical to getting people to take the required steps to make sure they are protected from potential dangers,” concludes Fenton.