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Notifier smartens up its FAAST aspiration smoke detection

December 3, 2013
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

FAAST Detector’s Direct Integration with NOTIFIER Systems Simplifies Fire Alarm Design, Monitoring and Management 

WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO, October 31, 2013 – NOTIFIER by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) introduces a new intelligent version of its FAAST (Fire Alarm Aspiration Sensing Technology) detector, made to provide very early warning of smoke for high-value and critical facilities, as well as within extremely challenging applications. The intelligent FAAST detector’s ability to directly integrate with NOTIFIER fire alarm systems enables it to supply more detailed alarm, fault and trouble information, thereby simplifying system monitoring, maintenance and overall design.


The new intelligent FAAST evolves beyond the common scenarios of monitoring one or more standalone aspiration systems, or the use of intricate and costly equipment to interface these separate systems with various fire alarm systems. FAAST requires no additional hardware, software, or special wire, and by integrating with NOTIFIER fire alarm systems like many other addressable detectors, aspiration system installation becomes very straightforward.  NOTIFIER can support up to 31 intelligent FAAST detectors on a single, addressable loop for applications such as factories, data centers and warehouses where the area of coverage is expansive. 


FAAST’s very early warning of smoke is crucial for facilities focused on minimizing property damage and business disruptions, such as museums, historic buildings, telecommunication hubs, office buildings and laboratories. Hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and other properties need the immediate warning FAAST provides to respond appropriately and diminish loss-of-life. Lastly, there are those challenging applications where high air velocities, extreme temperature fluctuations and hard-to-reach areas exist that can benefit from the flexible design and highly-sensitive detection FAAST provides.


Utilizing a network of pipes, the FAAST detector continuously draws air samples into its sensor. Its exclusive dual sensing technology uses a highly sensitive blue LED (light-emitting diode) to sense smoke, while an infrared laser quickly distinguishes other airborne particulates that could otherwise cause a false alarm. Through the use of complex algorithms, the detector then interprets signals from both sources to warn of smoke up to 60 minutes prior to combustion.


Five programmable alarm levels, the most offered by any aspiration detector, allow optimum flexibility in setting detector sensitivity levels and warnings for site-specific requirements. An exclusive Acclimate Mode feature automatically regulates system settings to stay within pre-specified parameters to adjust to current conditions and further reduce false alarms.


More information on FAAST and other advanced detection technologies from NOTIFIER, including detectors for fire and carbon monoxide, assorted gasses and flame, is available on To inquire about FAAST for a particular facility, contact a NOTIFIER regional sales manager.


NOTIFIER, part of the Honeywell Fire Systems group, is the largest manufacturer of engineered fire alarm systems with more than 400 authorized distributors worldwide and regional support operations on every continent. Notifiers extensive fire alarm, life safety and mass notification offerings include standalone, networked and integrated solutions, plus graphic interface monitoring systems for facility managers and first responders. Visit for more detailed information.


About Honeywell

Honeywell International ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywells shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit

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