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October 28, 2009
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Gamewell-FCI, part of the Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Life Safety group, has released FocalPoint Mobile, a new wireless tablet PC that allows users to monitor multiple fire alarm systems in real-time. Providing information in text or graphic detail via CAD-type drawings, this wireless tablet enables facility managers, security personnel and emergency responders to quickly evaluate an emergency event and make prompt, informed decisions.

A rugged, military spec tablet PC, FocalPoint Mobile connects via a wireless network connection or cellular broadband. These compact units easily mount in vehicles or an indoor docking station, and can also be carried by hand.

Part of Gamewell-FCI’s family of FocalPoint monitoring solutions, this wireless unit works in-tandem with stationary FocalPoint workstations. Perfect for sizable facilities or multi-building campuses, FocalPoint systems can be used to monitor a large variety of Gamewell-FCI fire alarms installed in remote locations. All workstations, mobile or stationary, feature auto-synchronization to keep all screens up-to-date. And with multiple users in-mind, Gamewell-FCI has created an intuitive interface, making it easy to understand and operate.

From a single screen, users can navigate a facility map to view specific floor plans or identify the location and type of multiple fire alarm events. Should a device such as a smoke detector or pull station go into alarm, the system can auto-navigate to the area in which the event occurred. FocalPoint also provides a thorough history log in which users can track and search previous incidents.

The FocalPoint system displays custom, site-specific graphics, featuring genuine photographs of campuses and buildings, down to floor-by-floor layouts displaying locations of fire system components (i.e. heat detectors, pull stations, etc.). Information labels can also be applied to any screen, indicating building names, hazardous materials storage or possibly areas containing occupants requiring additional assistance. All graphics can be easily updated to include new structures, fire system components or identification labels.
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