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Cloud-based solution from Honeywell set to “provide end-to-end connectivity and visibility to fire safety systems”

Honeywell has launched the first tools from its new suite of Connected Life Safety Services (CLSS), its first all-in-one cloud platform for fire safety systems.

Honeywell-CLSS-20Honeywell’s CLSS suite of tools, built on the Honeywell Forge platform, enable fire technicians to minimise disruption, prove compliance and reduce time needed for design, installation, commissioning, inspection, maintenance and reporting of life safety systems, explains the business.

“Today’s global environment requires the fire and life safety industry to innovate with solutions that enable facility managers and system integrators to monitor their systems and diagnose issues anytime, from anywhere,” said Sameer Agrawal, General Manager, Global Fire Software and Services, Honeywell.

“Many facilities are working to create healthier environments and even limiting occupant density to comply with social distancing. With CLSS, we help system integrators provide their customers with the highest level of safety and service and work more efficiently by giving them insight into the system problem before they even get to the site.”

Especially in today’s environment, organisations across the fire safety value chain face multiple challenges:

  • Achieving more with fewer resources – many facility maintenance teams are working with reduced staff.
  • Managing challenges of limited access to facilities due to shutdowns.
  • Dealing effectively with safety incidents, where risks remain the same at any occupancy level.

Honeywell says its CLSS platform addresses these challenges by enabling systems integrators and facilities management firms to access the data within a fire system from anywhere, without necessarily being physically be at the control panel.

Firetron, the largest individually owned life safety systems company in Texas, is using the Honeywell CLSS platform to support the development of compliance records for its customers.

“We’re always looking for the most technologically advanced reporting so that we can reduce customer time and effort during audits,” said David Maloy, President, Firetron. “For example, our healthcare facility customers are under increasing pressure to provide accurate compliance records per The Joint Commission reporting requirements. With more than 600,000 devices under our management, CLSS provides us with a scalable tool to meet our customer service aspirations.”

Honeywell’s CLSS platform is also being employed by EDSB Group of Companies, a UK-based provider of fire, security, electrical, mechanical and building services, in a 50,000-square-meter logistics centre for a freight carrier at East Midlands Airport.

“CLSS offers a level of connectivity that provides invaluable reassurance that the system has been commissioned effectively and is being maintained safely,” said Jonathan Parker, Managing Director, EDSB Group of Companies. “We can also see how old every detector is and when it needs to be changed based on prevailing regulations. With CLSS, we can tailor settings based on a customer’s requirements and verify weekly testing is carried out according to their specifications while also logging faults and fire activations.”

Improving fire system commissioning and maintenance

Through application of digitisation principles and Industrial Internet of Things technology, Honeywell’s CLSS tools are also said to make it easier to design, install, test and commission fire systems, while helping eliminate errors and manual data entry throughout the designing, commissioning and maintenance processes. These tools can also improve the delivery of on-time completions and the handover of a compliant system with the relevant reports, saving channel partners – and end users – time and money, says the company. During planned maintenance, CLSS streamlines the verification of compliant fire system testing and automatically generates and archives compliance reports for audit purposes.

Users can monitor and access compliance reporting on the CLSS mobile app or PC. This real-time view also enables technicians to troubleshoot a system remotely, allowing them to arrive on site with the right tools to service a system. Honeywell believes this is even more critical given the industry’s talent gap of skilled fire technicians.

Honeywell highlights that its CLSS is protected with extensive built-in cyber security provisions, ensuring data is safely stored and securely accessible to permitted system users.

The CLSS tools are available in markets globally via several Honeywell Fire brands, including: Gent, NOTIFIER and ESSER. It will be rolled out to additional portfolios over the next year. Find out more information, here.

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