GE fire alarm receiver meets Canadian requirements

GE Security, a business of GE Enterprise Solutions, today announced the immediate availability of a ULC-listed, IP-based fire alarm receiver/transmitter to meet the new Canadian CAN/ULC-S559-04 fire alarm monitoring standard.

The receiver/transmitter is one of the first implementations of always-on active communications allowed by the Canadian standard. Most such systems use passive communications and require building owners to incur the cost of multiple carrier connections or use expensive leased lines.

GE Security’s IP technology, designed and developed by LoBenn Inc. of Ottawa, Canada, provides secure encrypted data transport over either public Internet or secure corporate/institutional networks and provides a universal interface for existing panels and receivers. GE Security’s IP monitoring solution can help protect the customer’s investment by upgrading both types of installations to work with existing equipment.

"This product is going to create opportunities for our customers that will help them better serve their customers and grow their businesses," said Flavian Quiquero, general manager, GE Security Canada. "The industry has been waiting for such an IP-based solution that delivers against requirements and helps to control costs in a variety of situations and we are excited to be able to deliver it along with LoBenn."

"We are excited about the relationship we have formed with GE Security’s fire and life safety group and their confidence in bringing IP technology to the industry," said David Brown, president, LoBenn Inc. "With ULC approval, GE Security is leading the market in how IP will shape fire alarm communications into the future."