Honeywell Buys In-Building Emergency Wireless Comms Manufacturer, Fiplex
Honeywell has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Fiplex Communications, a developer of wireless building communications systems, which will become a platform of innovation for Honeywell wireless technologies.
Fiplex offers bi-directional amplifiers (BDAs) that provide continuous and critical in-building radio coverage in challenging environments to improve the safety of first responders and building occupants.
“We are looking to reshape how communications and connectivity within buildings work,” said Vimal Kapur, president and CEO, Honeywell Building Technologies. “The addition of Fiplex’s products and software allows us to move toward creating the next generation of fire and life safety solutions to keep both building occupants and first responders safer.
“The Fiplex team brings superior engineering talent and unique capabilities for wireless communications that will enable us to enhance our in-building communications offerings and complement our innovative, industry-leading solutions.”
In-building communications systems enable first responders to stay connected throughout a building that may have a poor cellular signal due to Low-E glass windows, energy-saving cladding or wall composition, and even in underground areas such as car parks. In-building communications can also support occupant safety with timely, clear and accurate notifications of emergencies and recommended responses.
Fiplex’s FLEX products are UL2524 2nd edition listed with SGS, the only Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) approved by OSHA for UL2524.