Don’t Make Customers Choose Between Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection

Mark Okeefe by Mark Okeefe | 06.15.2017

People want to feel safe in their own homes.  And when considering life safety, people seem to intuitively understand the value of smoke detection.  After all, it’s logical that in the event of a fire, you’d want to get out of your home as quickly as possible.

But the value of monitored carbon monoxide detection seems to be less obvious, possibly because this colorless, odorless threat is more difficult to understand.  All too often, I hear stories of carbon monoxide protection being left out of the life safety equation. In some cases due to cost, homeowners find themselves choosing monitored smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors, but not both.

Why would you choose to protect yourself from only one threat?  You shouldn’t have to when the lives of your loved ones are at stake.  And now with the Honeywell 5800COMBO life safety detector, you won’t have to. We’ve combined smoke detection and carbon monoxide detection into one easy-to-install device. This saves time and money for security professionals, but more importantly, keeps your customers from having to compromise on only one type of life safety protection.

The uniqueness of the 5800COMBO has not gone unnoticed by the industry.  In April, it won a SIA New Product Showcase Award at ISC West.  Now, I’m pleased to announce that it has also won an ESX Innovation Award.

“The ESX Innovation Awards recognize innovative technology and excellence in the industry — and identify next-gen products and services that offer significant opportunity for growth and relevance in servicing the marketplace,” says George De Marco, ESX Chairman.

At Honeywell, we’re proud of this accomplishment, but let’s not forget that as security professional, when you lead with life safety, you’re providing your customers with the ultimate protection and peace of mind.  We hope that you are excited about the 5800COMBO too!  You can learn more about it by visiting the Honeywell 5800COMBO dealer website.  If you’re at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) June 13-16 in Nashville, you can also find the 5800COMBO alongside other great Honeywell products at booth 311.

Apartment Dwellers Deserve Alarm Systems, Too!

Jacqi Levy by Jacqi Levy | 06.12.2017

When I started graduate school, I moved across the country to a city that I didn’t know. I had been on my own for a number of years before heading back to school, so I had an adult’s taste in apartments. However, going back to school full time left me with only a student’s budget to spend.

So how did I solve this problem? By finding a super cool, two-story loft apartment on the border of a fashionable neighborhood and a reputedly high crime neighborhood. Walk 6 blocks in one direction, and you’ve got trendy bars, restaurants and shops. Walk 3 blocks in the other direction though, and you’ve got boarded up houses and vacant lots. I ended up with a great apartment and super cheap rent. However, the location also left me with some lingering security concerns.

After all, I was moving to a city I didn’t know, at the edge of a neighborhood that was known not to be one of the safest in the city. My building had keypad and intercom security at the main entrance, but hey…tailgaters exist. I would have felt even safer if I had an alarm system in my unit. Too bad most landlords would never tolerate drilling holes in the walls to wire a system. And, I wouldn’t have wanted to pay for all that work out of pocket, only to leave it for the next tenant when I moved out. So I lived without an alarm system for those years.

Luckily, today’s renters have more choices than I had. Honeywell’s Lyric platform is great for renters, because it requires absolutely no wiring or drilling. The Lyric Gateway is Wi-Fi enabled, so renters can tuck the panel away in a bedroom, hall closet, or just about anywhere that has connectivity, and then arm and disarm the system from the Honeywell Total Connect mobile app. And, if a renter is moving, they can simply take the Gateway with them to their next apartment.

What’s great for dealers about the Lyric platform is that since there is no need for wired connectivity, the installation is plug and play. The system takes minutes to install, instead of the typical hours. Technicians can be in and out of a job very quickly, which means you can install more systems, faster. Plus, your customers don’t have to sit around for waiting for you to finish the job, so they can get back to their business faster too. And when they move, if they can take the hardware with them, you’ve got a greater chance of retaining the account, plus an opportunity to sell a system to the new tenant. Sounds like a win-win for everyone.

Apartment dwellers are actually great candidates for home security; it’s all about providing them with the right solution!

NFPA Awards DiNenno Prize to the Creators of VESDA

Samir Jain by Samir Jain | 06.08.2017

During this week’s National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo in Boston, the NFPA awarded this year’s Philip J. DiNenno prize to the original inventors of Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA), Dr. Martin Cole, John Petersen and David Packham. NFPA also commended deceased co-inventor and passionate advocate Len Gibson. VESDA technology samples the air at multiple points throughout buildings for smoke particles, providing the earliest possible warning of fire hazards.

It’s moments like these when I realize how blessed I am to work in an industry that shares the common goal of saving lives and protecting against the loss of property for customers worldwide. When I first joined Honeywell a number of years ago, I quickly realized that every employee understood our shared mission: simply put, “We save lives.” Everyone I work with today takes that responsibility very seriously, all of our product development and manufacturing efforts are driven by our goal to extend and improve on that mission – to protect people and property through early and reliable detection.

NFPA’s Michael Hazell put it well in his blog post announcing the award: “The VESDA innovation transformed the fire detection and alarm industry and inspired a whole new aspirated smoke detection area of technology. The installation of VESDA in telecommunication facilities, telephone exchanges, data centers, high technology manufacturing, industrial control rooms and other related facilities has had a significant impact on asset protection and business continuity. In addition, the very early smoke detection by VESDA provides life safety protection for employees working in these buildings.” Continued technological advances in VESDA is enabling Honeywell, which acquired Xtralis in 2016, to bring these technologies to an increasing array of customers.

Here are a few of the advances in VESDA in recent times:

  • This week’s introduction of the next generation VESDA-E VEP range re-defined the ASD technology and set a new standard in the industry for very early, reliable and cost-effective smoke detection. VEP takes over the reins from VESDA VLP and continues the VESDA journey into every day applications.
  • The VESDA-E VEU created an unprecedented product positioning in the industry, providing up to 15 times higher sensitivity than the industry benchmark VESDA VLP, and increasing the coverage by up to 40% in high airflow environments.
  • And VESDA-E VEA has taken the ASD concept to a whole new level by being able to pinpoint the exact location of a fire incident for up to 120 locations. VEA paves the way for a wider ASD deployment into mainstream applications such offices, education, hospitals, correctional facilities and sporting arenas that would otherwise be protected by conventional spot detection technologies.

I’d like to thank Martin, John, David and Len for their early efforts on inventing VESDA. It’s now our job to continue the development of this and other technologies to better our industry.

This post was originally published by Samir Jain on LinkedIn.

Six Reasons to Take a Fresh Look at Honeywell Fire Protection Systems

Jacqi Levy by Jacqi Levy | 06.05.2017

At Honeywell, our focus on fire protection systems is one of the many important ways that we work to keep people safe every day. So, it’s important to us that we’re constantly innovating to provide consumers with the latest technology.

In the early part of this year, we’ve been busy updating our fire protection portfolio. Now, we’re finally ready to unveil what we’ve been working on! Here are the latest additions to our portfolio, giving you six reasons to take a fresh look at Honeywell Fire Protection Systems.

#1 : Xtralis VESDA-E VEP Aspirating Smoke Detection

The new Xtralis VESDA-E VEP® aspirating smoke detector system is taking smoke detection to the next level. It can not only sense smoke before it is visible to the naked eye, but it also has the unique ability to characterize particles, which allows for more thorough analysis and a more efficient alarm response. The system yields 1.5x greater sensitivity and offers 6x better dust rejection than the previous generation of products, resulting significantly reduced potential for nuisance alarms and related customer costs. It also features built-in Wi-Fi for remote detector access from smart devices to review and monitor status in real time with the iVESDA™ app.

#2: High-Level Interface

High-Level Interface is an integration with the SLC Integration Module that marries VESDA devices with Notifier Fire Alarm Control Panels, allowing the newly introduced VESDA-E series of aspirating smoke detectors to exchange information directly with the Notifier fire alarm control panels. This integration will be available later this year.

#3: Honeywell Silent Knight® Fire Alarm Control Panels

Honeywell Silent Knight is introducing four new addressable fire alarm control panels ranging from 100 points to 1,100 points. They enable you to connect up to 17 panels with single point access, allowing for lower monitoring costs. Additional features include dual path communications, a cellular side car option, a larger 40×20-inch display, support for SWIFT wireless detection, and full backwards compatibility. These panels will begin shipping later this year, so keep an eye out for more information to come.

#4: Honeywell Farenhyt Series Black Fire Panels

The Honeywell Farenhyt Series Black Fire Panels have a flexible architecture so you can choose the ideal system size and cost for your installation. They will allow a network up to 32 panels, and feature combination emergency communications, carbon monoxide and fire detection all in one panel, as well as compatibility with all SWIFT wireless devices. The new Farenhyt panels are eVance™ ready for faster serviceability, and are also available in red. These panels will begin shipping later this year.

#5: Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell Fire Alarm Control Panels

Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell is introducing the Fire-Lite® Endurance Series, a line of six new fire alarm control panels that offer more communications options — built-in IP/POTS as well as cellular side cars — and a USB port for easy programming and firmware updates. All panels support SWIFT wireless devices and offer 4 programmable buttons for convenience and efficiency while still being backwards compatible. These panels will begin shipping later this year.

#6: System Sensor L-Series AV Notification Appliances

The new System Sensor L-Series AV Notification Appliances are a line of indoor chimes, horns, strobes, chime strobes, 2-wire horn strobes, speakers and speaker strobes designed to limit integrator overhead through reduced SKUs. The series is designed for easy customization, including snap-on bezels with language and applications options, intended to reduce labor and inventory costs. They cover the full range of candela settings while offering up to 35% reduction in power consumption across all settings.

Honeywell Fire Protection Systems in Action

We’ll be featuring all of these new systems at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference and Expo, June 4-7, 2017 in Boston. Come visit us at our booth #517, or check out our Theater Presenation Schedule for more information!

How Video Doorbell Users Deal with Unexpected Guests

Kevin Piel by Kevin Piel | 05.25.2017

The doorbell: Then and now

The ring of a doorbell. For previous generations, this was a welcome sound, notifying homeowners that someone had come to call. Unexpected guests were welcomed with a smile, and often invited in for food, refreshments or just to visit.

Today, it’s a different story. The doorbell is an interruption, and an unexpected ring can send homeowners scattering. “Shhhh…hide! We don’t want them to know we’re home.” I’m sure each of us has done this at some point in our adult lives.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Doorbells are now being made for the way we live, and the Skybell video doorbell is a prime example.

The Skybell video doorbell saves Halloween

Every Halloween, my wife and I juggle taking our three kids out trick-or-treating and handing out candy to all the neighborhood kids. Inevitably, we head out with a large group of neighbors and leave a large bucket of candy on the porch with a note saying “Happy Halloween! Take two and please leave some for the rest.” There is some level of trust associated with this, and I’m sure in past years greedy trick-or-treaters have taken advantage and done a full bucket dump into their goody bags.

That may have happened in past years, but not in 2016. This past Halloween, I turned up the motion detection on my SkyBell video doorbell to high, all right through the Honeywell Total Connect app. I even turned the LED color to Orange; why not keep with the holiday, right?

The family and I ventured out with our neighborhood crew. As we began canvasing, my SkyBell immediately began sending events. I saw Captain America at least seven times, and more princesses than there are in England.

As expected, about two hours into our adventure, I received another event. Curious as to which Avenger character was now visiting my home, I opened my Honeywell Total Connect account to find several teenagers gathered on my porch. And yes, they were scooping handfuls of candy.

I immediately started a voice session and asked “Are any of you planning on leaving some for the little kids?” I wish I could have captured the looks on their faces…surprised, startled, frightened, all of the above. I then said “how about everyone put some back and we all use this as a good learning experience?” One of the three apologized, and they seemed appreciative at how I handled the situation. My parting words were “Happy Halloween and we’ll see you next year.”

The many faces of Skybell video doorbell users

This is just one unique way SkyBell can be integrated into a homeowner’s life. Want some more creative ways to qualify customers for a video doorbell camera solution? Here are some quick tips for identifying potential users.

  • New Mom or Dad: Has the baby ever been sleeping and your doorbell rang and woke them? Wish you could turn the sound off temporarily and still know if someone was at the door? SkyBell and Honeywell Total Connect are for you.
  • Shopaholic: Have the executives for online shopping site friended you on social media because of your buying habits? Are you constantly looking outside for that next package, or worse… wondering all day at work if it arrived? SkyBell and Honeywell Total Connect are for you.
  • World Traveler: Do you travel frequently for pleasure or work? Do you wonder if anyone has stopped by your home while you’re away? SkyBell and Honeywell Total Connect are for you.
  • Lazy Bones: Never want to get up from that comfy easy chair to answer the door? Now you can shoo solicitors without ever leaving that chair. SkyBell and Honeywell Total Connect are for you.
  • Movie Buff: Don’t want to press pause on your movie night unless it’s the pizza delivery guy at the door? SkyBell and Honeywell Total Connect are for you.

Skybell and Honeywell Total Connect

Honeywell Total Connect users can enjoy convenient, single-app functionality right within the Honeywell Total Connect iOS app for full SkyBell compatibility. Users can speak to visitors at the door directly through the Honeywell Total Connect iOS app without the need to download the SkyBell HD app. Plus, they can arm/disarm, lock/unlock all from one screen, and they can also access all SkyBell activity in the events log.

The SkyBell video doorbell now also comes in a new, rectangular model. Sometimes, the doorbell mounting area is positioned very closely to the molding around the door, making it difficult to install the original round version. This new smaller, more compact version, the SkyBell DBCAM-TRIM, offers an option to homes with slimmer door frames. It can be installed on any home that has existing doorbell wiring and is available in silver (DBCAM-TRIM) and bronze (DBCAM-TRIMBR).

Watch this video to see how SkyBell works with the Honeywell Total Connect app, or check out our Honeywell Total Connect Toolkit for more resources.

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