Honeywell announced its advanced smoke detection technology—capable of detecting and reporting smoke at its inception, before a fire develops—can now integrate with some of the most widely used fire panels in commercial buildings without the need for additional hardware or wiring. Combining Intelligent VESDA-E detection technology with NOTIFIER and Gamewell-FCI fire systems allows facility managers to easily upgrade Connected Buildings to improve occupant safety.
“The true measure of innovative technology in this industry is the ability to keep people safe faster and smarter, and VESDA has proven itself in this area for decades,” said Samir Jain, general manager at Honeywell Fire Americas. “Combining this advanced detection technology with proven legacy brands like NOTIFIER and Gamewell-FCI shows exactly what a smart building fire detection system looks like.”
The Intelligent VESDA-E detector resides on the Signaling Line Circuit (SLC) loop of a fire panel and directly communicates with NOTIFIER and Gamewell-FCI fire systems. Unlike traditional spot detectors, VESDA-E’s patented technology actively draws in air from the environment and can notify building staff to potential fires before they develop. The technology is suitable for secure environments where routine maintenance and servicing would disrupt daily operations. Honeywell acquired the VESDA portfolio from Xtralis in 2016.
VESDA-E can discriminate between different smoke and particle types, including manufacturing smoke, welding fumes, dust, and soot. It provides connectivity through an embedded webserver, VESDAnet, Ethernet, standard WiFi, and USB support.
Air is continually drawn from the protected area through the air sampling pipe network and into the detector by a high efficiency aspirator. The air sampling pipe network can contain up to four pipes. The air from each sampling pipe passes through an airflow sensor and then a sample of the air is drawn into the smoke detection chamber via the sampling module, after first passing through the filter. An additional filter provides clean air to protect the optical surfaces inside the detection chamber from contamination.
The Flair™ detection chamber uses the equivalent of 330,000 sensors and sophisticated algorithms for smoke detection and particle classification. If the detected smoke is higher than the set alarm thresholds it is reported as an Alert, Action, Fire1, or Fire2 alarm condition. Air is exhausted from the detector and may be vented back into the protected zone. Alarms can be signaled via Relays and VESDAnet. Ethernet and WiFi can be used for configuration and secondary monitoring, and a USB interface is provided for initial setup. A series of LEDs display Alarm, Trouble, Disable, and detector power on status. A button allows the user to Reset or Disable the detector. In addition, an optional 3.5” LCD displays shows the detector status, including smoke level and a smoke level bar graph, alarm thresholds, trouble status, percent airflow level, normalization status, and filter life used.