GE Security, Inc., a business of GE Enterprise Solutions (NYSE: GE), announced the opening of its Fire Detection Research Center, a one-of-a-kind laboratory for the development and testing of advanced fire detection technologies, at its global headquarters in Bradenton, Florida.
The state-of-the-art facility will allow GE Security to continuously improve its existing portfolio of fire and life safety products while more quickly delivering new products to help customers better serve and protect their end user customers and grow their businesses.
The GE Security Fire Detection Research Center will be critical to the research and development of residential and commercial fire, smoke, heat, and gas detectors and sensors for global fire and life safety markets, including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, China and Australia. The lab is also fully equipped to perform regulatory tests for many of these regions.
“I appreciate local business investments such as this lab in our community,” said Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-13). “This lab will create highly-skilled, good paying jobs and help diversify our economy. It is also an example of how international trade allows Florida employees to contribute to the safety of people around the globe.”
GE Security invested more than $500,000 in the new Fire Detection Research Center, which complies with all local, state, national and EPA requirements, is fully automated and meets requirements for most regulatory testing.
The laboratory supports more efficient development of advanced technology fire detection products and technologies by co-locating test facilities with research and development activities. Prior to opening the Fire Detection Research Center in Bradenton, GE Security engineers used laboratories in Chicago or London to conduct such testing. Now, testing can be conducted where the products and technologies are being developed, saving time and money, and potentially accelerating times to market.