Honeywell announced that it launched communications systems and bi-directional amplifiers (BDA) that cover the entire public safety spectrum, providing scalable solutions to support first-responder emergency radio connectivity in challenging environments. Honeywell said the new products also meet regulations of almost any jurisdiction or city.
The company’s expanded portfolio includes high power 5W BDAs and Fiber DAS systems; PSC/Digital Fiber DAS with redundancy support; and Digital 700/800 MHz BDAs with an easy-to-use assisted wizard providing automatic calibration features. The portfolio includes a “No Noise” performance that reduces uplink noise and potentially harmful interference to public safety radios, helping to keep communications clear between first responder teams on the ground and in the building to better support their safety. Honeywell announced it acquired a majority stake in Fiplex Communications Inc. in 2021, enabling it to better address the public-safety market.
Fifty-six percent of fire departments have experienced a communications failure in a building during an emergency event, leaving firefighters and other first responders virtually stranded in these situations after losing communications, according to a 2017 Safer Buildings Coalition International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) survey.
The company’s in-building communications systems will allow first responders to remain connected throughout a building that may have a poor radio signal due to Low-E glass windows, energy-saving cladding or wall composition, and even in underground areas such as car parks. Additionally, in-building communications can support occupant safety with timely, clear, and accurate notifications of emergencies and recommended responses.
“It’s critical for first responders to stay connected with each other when responding to an emergency – not only so they know how to better respond to the situation but to also provide better protection to those who protect us,” said Alessandro Araldi, general manager, Global In-Building Communications, Honeywell. “We believe that every building should be able to comply with this requirement, so we created BDA systems that are scalable for any building size, can communicate on any public safety band and are easier to install, use and maintain. Making buildings safer is key to our business at Honeywell and we believe they should be safer for anyone who is in them or use them, for any purpose.”
Honeywell’s new in-building communications solutions are expected to provide a number of benefits including compliance with almost any jurisdictional requirements; enhanced in-building radio frequency for first responders and increased building Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES) system flexibility.
“Preserving proper communication between first responders in buildings is paramount in an emergency,” said Dave Walton, president, Data Division at Mobile Communications America (MCA), which installs and commissions Honeywell BDA systems for its customers. “Honeywell offers an ERCES solution family that is adaptable to changes in jurisdictions’ codes and saves us time on commissioning. It enables us to offer our customers an integrated platform with reliable coverage and no noise performance that helps mitigate potential communication mishaps that can occur during an emergency.”