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May 27, 2014 - Suited for large facilities and multi-building campuses, UL-listed SK-F485C allows new and existing Silent Knight systems to increase wire runs between fire alarm control panels and power supplies while providing increased surge protection. Converter lets one Intelliknight™ addressable fire alarm control panel to be extended over fiber-optic cable to protect multiple buildings. Adaptable design elements of Silent Knight systems enable close fit regarding fire protection needs of each facility.

Wire to Fiber Converter Extends Silent Knight Fire Alarm Systems' Reach and Surge Protection

Silent Knight
7550 Meridan Circle
Maple Grove, MN, 55369 4927

Press release date: May 14, 2014

New Module Allows Use of Fiber in Place of Copper Wire, Enabling Significant Surge Protection for Multi-Building Silent Knight Fire Alarm Systems

NORTHFORD, Conn. – Silent Knight by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today released the SK-F485C Wire to Fiber Converter, designed to allow new and existing Silent Knight systems to significantly increase wire runs between fire alarm control panels and power supplies, while providing a major boost in surge protection. Being the first wire to fiber converter to be UL listed for a non-proprietary line of fire alarm systems and sold over-the-counter at Security Equipment Wholesalers nationwide, allows Silent Knight to offer the ideal solution to large facilities and multi-building campuses seeking non-proprietary fire alarm systems.

A fire alarm system run on copper wire underground, between buildings is incredibly susceptible to lightning damage due to earth ground differentials. The new fiber converter allows one Intelliknight™ addressable fire alarm control panel from Silent Knight to be extended over fiber-optic cable to protect multiple buildings while severely limiting the risk of damages from electrical surges.

Covering longer distances over fiber allows Silent Knight systems to offer more economical and reliable fire protection to larger facilities such as warehouses and factories, as well as for multi-building projects, including K-12 schools, universities, corporate campuses, apartment buildings and assisted living complexes. The fiber converter offers a great solution for adding smaller, standalone buildings, such as maintenance sheds and guard shacks to a fire alarm system over fiber too.

The adaptable design elements of Silent Knight systems enable them to provide a closer-fit to the fire protection needs of each facility, which can equal big savings in parts and labor. This has a positive effect on recurring fees too. Case-in-point, the costs associated with monitoring one control panel versus many are much less.

Flexibility in the design of its systems and minimization of wire has been a continued focus for Silent Knight’s product development teams, says Loren Schreiber, product marketing manager for Silent Knight.

“We’ve always been unique with ‘distributed intelligence’ built into power supplies and other s-bus devices to allow you to place them where needed, as opposed to home-running wire all the way back to the main control,” Schreiber explains.

Silent Knight’s complete portfolio of IntelliKnight products are non-proprietary and sold through security equipment wholesalers throughout the U.S., which helps to ensure competitive pricing and readily available parts. Visit for more information on the SK-F485C Wire to Fiber Converter or contact a local Silent Knight manager for a product demonstration.

Beth Welch

About Silent Knight
Silent Knight, part of the Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Fire Solutions Group, designs and manufactures commercial fire alarm and emergency voice systems. Its broad portfolio of products is available through security equipment distribution and a nationwide network of authorized Farenhyt Distributors. Founded in 1961, Silent Knight’s manufacturing operations are based in the United States.

About Honeywell
Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Process Solutions, access
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