"Our systems get installed in the worst environments, places like basements and attics, and they have to work every time for 10 or more years because they are life-safety devices," noted Rothman as he showed the Thermotron. The company has set up the QA division so that the group doesn't report to engineering or to manufacturing; that organizational structure allows the group to truly be independent in their tests. "Otherwise, it would be the classic case of the fox guarding the hen house," added Rothman.
Also part of the living history at the facility, which Honeywell moved into in July 2007, is the AlarmNet data center which processes out signals to 500 central stations. Nearby is the Marketing division, responsible for First Alert ads, technology brochures and more. The engineering department can be found in the same building; it's loaded with people coding and soldering circuit boards. They're trying out a variety of products like biometrics for arming systems, new high-tech styled keypads, and false-alarm minimizing exit sensor technology.
Along on the tour through engineering were a number of members of the First Alert President's Council, which is comprised of the top First Alert dealer companies. As the First Alert dealers gravitate toward new technology prototypes and as Rothman takes notes on what has piqued their interest, it's clear that -- even though the museum is now opened and dedicated -- the history of Honeywell's intrusion business is far from finished.