Honeywell launches first integrated aspirating smoke detection and indoor air quality monitoring

by Liv Croagh
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Honeywell’s latest release integrates early warning smoke detection and advanced IAQ parameter monitoring into single system to help identify environmental concerns before they become problems

In a first-of-its-kind solution, Honeywell has created an early warning smoke detection that also tests the indoor air quality. This is Honeywell’s efforts to create safer and healthier buildings in a post-COVID world.

Built on the flagship VESDA-E line of aspirating smoke detectors, the new air solution has a unique five-in-one indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring system. The new system can help improve building safety by identifying life safety, asset protection or IAQ issues before escalating into major problems.

The new VESDA Air is a complement to Honeywell’s Healthy Building solutions, which has been designed to help improve occupant’s well-being, meet energy efficiency goals, and importantly, change the ways occupants experience a building. 

“The emphasis on indoor air quality isn’t going away – and that’s a good thing as more organisations work to create safer, healthier environments that help boost occupant well-being and productivity,” said Udaya Shrivastava, vice president and chief technology officer, Honeywell Building Technologies. “We challenged our engineering teams to find a way to complement the capabilities of our aspirating smoke detection systems with highly sensitive IAQ monitoring. The system identifies not only the minute presence of smoke, but also the presence of air quality contaminants of concern, allowing building operators to react and respond to out-of-bounds parameters quickly, before they escalate into unsafe situations.”

The plug-and-play cartridge-based IAQ sensor works much the same as replacing a printer’s ink-jet cartridge, thus avoiding costly calibration and other maintenance. This convenience helps to reduce total cost, minimise waste and provide accurate IAQ data.

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