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Nasr: focusing on the Middle East market

Nasr: focusing on the Middle East market



Honeywell 'caters to any industry’

From small-to-medium size buildings to large-scale projects, the firm supplies fire detection solutions required for applications such as refineries or big industrial plants

September 1, 2018

Global software-industrial company Honeywell said it has been providing fire safety and prevention technologies for more than 60 years in the Middle East region. The company has not only built a strong reputation for its fire detection solutions by constantly enhancing its product portfolio but it’s also at the forefront of introducing connected hardware and software fire safety solutions.

“We continue to introduce connected fire safety solutions to create a safer environment for those living in the region. Connected products that leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) have the power to harness data and create actionable insights that help fire professionals across the region create safer communities,” said Tony Nasr, general manager, Fire, META (Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Central Asia), Honeywell, in an exclusive interview with Gulf Industry.

The company’s fire detection solutions are designed to meet the needs of any industry, from small-to-medium size buildings to large-scale projects such as airports, shopping malls, university campuses, holiday resorts, and stadiums.

“We also have reliable fire detection solutions required for critical applications such as refineries, big industrial plants and offshore units,” Nasr added. Excerpts from the interview:

 

Honeywell has a wide range of solutions for fire prevention and safety in the Middle East. Could you provide us with insight into the type of solutions they have introduced in the past year?

Honeywell has been providing industry-leading fire safety and prevention technologies for more than 60 years. Specifically, we have built a strong reputation for our innovative fire alarm systems, emergency communications and advanced detection solutions.

Our fire detection solutions are designed to meet the needs of any industry, from small-to-medium size buildings to large-scale projects such as airports, shopping malls, university campuses, holiday resorts, and stadiums. We also have reliable fire detection solutions required for critical applications such as refineries, big industrial plants and offshore units.

Honeywell has built a strong reputation for its fire detection solutions

Honeywell has built a strong reputation for its fire detection solutions

Honeywell has enhanced its fire detection portfolio with the inclusion of a broad range of aspirating smoke detection systems that not only provide very early smoke detection for critical applications, but are also highly intelligent, eliminating false alarms through advanced analytics. We have also added new Safety Integrity Level (SIL) approved fire detection systems to strengthen our offering in the critical infrastructure space such as industrial plants and refineries.

We continue to introduce connected fire safety solutions to create a safer environment for those living in the region. Connected products that leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) have the power to harness data and create actionable insights that help fire professionals across the region create safer communities.

 

What are your views on the present conditions of the fire and security technology sectors in the Gulf? What is the sector’s growth size and rate, and what are its future prospects in your opinion?

We have witnessed a stronger emphasis on fire safety following a series of fire incidents in the Gulf region over the past few years.

According to research (Research and Markets: Middle East Fire Safety Systems and Equipment market 2018-2024), the Middle East fire safety systems and equipment market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.8 per cent during 2018-24.  This is due to an increase in construction activities and installation of fire safety equipment in public places, residential areas, as well as commercial and industrial facilities. 

Under regional government initiatives such as Saudi Vision 2030, UAE Vision 2021, Oman Vision 2020 and the ‘New Kuwait’ National Development Plan, construction and infrastructure projects are expected to increase tremendously in the coming years. This in turn will boost demand for fire safety systems and equipment, in line with updated fire safety codes. It is important that buildings are connected to a ‘smart’ fire safety system that automatically sends fire warnings to the operations room. Such technologies deliver early warnings to building occupants in case of an emergency and facilitate faster response times by authorities.

 

How is IoT currently contributing to the fire protection market in the Middle East? 

Stricter government regulations, growing business opportunities and upcoming regional mega events are fuelling demand for cutting-edge fire protection systems that leverage data from software analytics, cloud-based platforms and the Internet of Things (IoT).

In the Middle East and Africa, the IoT market is forecast to grow 15 per cent in 2018 to $6.99 billion compared to $6.07 billion last year. This growth is expected to continue to reach $12.62 billion by 2021 as adoption across both the private and public sector increases, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

IoT in the fire industry improves communications, helps detect fires quickly, minimises response times, and prevents fires from spreading. Integrated fire systems are a vital part of a building’s infrastructure and are essential to protect occupants and prevent material damages in case of an emergency. Advanced technology helps detect and extinguish fires automatically using sprinklers, foam or other suppression methods. Technology can also be used to isolate areas in danger from other parts of a building.

While fire systems largely work autonomously, integrating them with Building Management Systems (BMS) can help to create a more complete fire safety system. By doing so, facility managers can easily identify and document the type of fire efficiently. Connected systems can then actively limit the fire’s spread by triggering automated suppression and evacuation strategies.

 

Which markets are a key focus for Honeywell in the region?

The Middle East is a very important market for us and we are committed to delivering cutting edge connected technologies to our customers across the region.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt are some of the region’s largest economies and they are also the largest markets for our fire safety products. However, we enjoy strong sales across the entire region.

 

Regional governments are increasingly introducing strict regulations for raising awareness on fire safety. How is Honeywell aiding governments in reaching their fire safety goals?

Regional governments have been quick to respond to the recent rise in fire incidents with new mandates and regulations to ensure public safety. To help organisations align with these new rules, Honeywell is designing and supplying connected solutions to keep buildings and their occupants safer than ever before.

Over the years, Honeywell has established itself as a preferred partner for governments and organisations across the region. This is largely due to the consistency in the quality of our products, as well our efforts to meet and exceed the highest global standards.

As we continue to serve our customers in the region, we are committed to enhancing our already broad portfolio by introducing new solutions that will help improve fire safety levels further.




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