Fire Information System works over Internet.

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SafeLINC(R) Internet-based communications link lets facility managers and building owners use web browser to monitor status of their fire alarm system from off-site locations. It allows authorized users to access fire alarm system information from PC, laptop, personal digital assistant, or pager. In event of alarm or trouble condition, link automatically sends email to designated staff informing them of situation. Module mounts to fire alarm control panel.



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SimplexGrinnell Introduces Internet-based Technology Providing Facility Managers With Online Access to Fire System Information


UL-listed SafeLINC(R) Enhances Fire Protection and Emergency Notification With Innovative Capabilities That Supplement the Operation of Primary Fire Alarm System

HOUSTON, Texas and WESTMINSTER, Massachusetts (April 26, 2002) - SimplexGrinnell, a business unit of Tyco International Ltd. 's (NYSE: TYC, LSE: TYI, BSX: TYC) Fire & Security Division and a leader in fire protection, life safety and integrated security, today introduced a breakthrough technology - an Internet-based communications link that enables facility managers and building owners to use a web browser to monitor the status of their fire alarm system from off-site locations.

Simplex(R) SafeLINC(R), a new UL-listed product available from SimplexGrinnell, allows authorized users, through an Internet connection, to access fire alarm system information from a personal computer, laptop, personal digital assistant, or pager. In the event of an alarm or trouble condition, SafeLINC automatically sends an email to designated staff informing them of the situation.

While SafeLINC is an online tool that can be used to remotely view and distribute fire alarm system information, it doesn't affect the operation of the primary fire alarm system or allow any control functions to be performed. Rather, it's an Internet link that:
- Provides seamless and secure two-way communications for authorized users to review current system activity.
- Automatically emails specified personnel in the event of an alarm.
- Lets facility managers select who will receive fire alarm system information - and what information will be sent to them.

"SafeLINC is an excellent management tool that uses leading Internet-based technology to provide a new level of protection," says John Haynes, Director of Marketing at SimplexGrinnell. "The supplemental annunciation, remote access and electronic distribution capabilities of SafeLINC give facility managers, no matter where they might be, the ability to know what's happening with their system. It also provides added assurances that critical information is being disseminated to those designated to respond to an alarm or trouble condition."

Ideal for colleges and universities, large K-12 school districts, and multi-building hospitals, SafeLINC can easily be hooked into a customer's existing network infrastructure. The SafeLINC module mounts internally to a fire alarm control panel, and is installed behind the network firewall to maintain maximum security. After logging on to the Internet connection, a second level of passcodes internal to the fire panel is used to review data at protected levels.

"SafeLINC is a revolutionary development in the fire alarm industry that will improve safety and enhance daily maintenance and operational efficiency of buildings," Haynes said. "We're getting very positive feedback from facility managers and building owners. They see great value in a web-based solution that gives them the ability to monitor all their buildings from a single point." SafeLINC works with many existing products, and can be added to Simplex(R) 4100 and 4100U series panels from SimplexGrinnell. "It's a great new feature to add to an existing Simplex fire alarm panel," Haynes said.

In the near future, new functionality will be added so that SafeLINC can be used to send historical reports of fire alarm system activity to designated staff and to download fire alarm system program changes and software upgrades directly from the Internet.

About SimplexGrinnell
SimplexGrinnell LP, a unit of Tyco International's Fire and Security Services Division, is a leading provider of fire detection and alarm, fire suppression, and integrated security systems and services. SimplexGrinnell delivers single-source solutions using its comprehensive portfolio of high-quality products and services. The Simplex(R) and Grinnell(R) product lines being sold, delivered and serviced by SimplexGrinnell include: fire detection and alarm systems; fire sprinkler systems; fire extinguishers and pumps; restaurant fire suppression systems; special hazard fire protection systems; integrated security applications that link access control, CCTV and fire; emergency lighting; healthcare communication systems; and integrated sound, intercom and telephone systems. SimplexGrinnell serves its customers through a network of company-owned district offices that covers all of North America. The SimplexGrinnell district offices also provide 24/7 emergency services. For additional information or to locate the nearest SimplexGrinnell district office, visit www.simplexgrinnell.com

About Tyco Fire and Security
Tyco Fire and Security Services, one of the major businesses of Tyco International Ltd., designs, manufactures, installs and services electronic security systems, fire protection, detection and suppression systems, sprinklers and fire extinguishers. With $10 billion in annual sales and more than 100,000 employees, Tyco Fire and Security Services includes more than 60 brands, which are represented in over 100 countries. Its products are used to safeguard firefighters, prevent and fight fires, deter thieves and protect people and property.

Tyco, Simplex, Grinnell and SafeLINC are trademarks of Tyco International Services AG or its affiliates.

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