Honeywell acquires smoke-detection tech firm

Ireland-based Xtralis pioneered early-warning smoke detection technology


MELVILLE, N.Y. — Honeywell will acquire Xtralis for $480 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.

Xtralis aspirating smoke detection solutions are used in data centers, historical buildings, airports, industrial sites and manufacturing facilities to provide very early warning and verification of threats to speed response time and minimize facility damages and potential injuries.

"This acquisition fits perfectly with Honeywell's technology innovation and leadership," said Alex Ismail, president and CEO of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions. "Xtralis' early smoke detection and advanced security technologies and video analytics software complement our growing security and fire business, and show our commitment to making the world safer and more secure." 

The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with approximately 500 employees across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas, and has more than 30 years of fire and security experience.

The company pioneered the development of very early warning technology that can detect smoke in a facility at an early stage of a fire, which gives emergency responders precious additional time to help prevent or minimize physical damage and injury.

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