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Honeywell Teams With Gov Tech Firms on Fire Responses

The company will work with a variety of companies that provide data about fire emergencies. The idea is to give first responders access to more data and maps for structure fires via the Honeywell platform.

A firefighter holding a radio at waist level and pressing a button on it.
Honeywell says it will help improve response to structure fires via a new partnership with public safety technology companies.

The general idea, according to a statement from Honeywell, is to provide emergency alarm information directly to first responders and connect apps used by firefighters to building fire and life safety systems and monitoring stations.

The partnership is composed of a variety of companies including Telguard, NAPCO Security Technologies, Resideo, Emergency24, Rapid Response Monitoring, along with the IamResponding and Active911 apps. The effort will let alarm and other emergency data flow directly from those companies to the Honeywell platform, with first responders also able to pull information to make emergency response more efficient.

Sharing all that data will give responders access to what Honeywell called “important incident location and contact information” including detailed maps that can be analyzed before firefighters arrive on site. First responders also can access data about, say, building hazards and building personnel.

“Time is critical when responding to an emergency situation,” said Sameer Agrawal, a vice president and general manager for Honeywell Building Technologies, in a statement. “We are continuously looking at how we can leverage the latest technologies to help improve the time it takes for first responders to arrive at an emergency, and how we can equip them with more accurate and robust information.”

Honeywell said this new effort could provide better emergency response information to about 80 percent of U.S. firefighters.