Fiplex Communications, which specializes in mission-critical solutions for indoor public-safety communications, announced the launch and general availability of Fiplex FLEX, a flexible and scalable in-building wireless platform.
The firm said that FLEX addresses performance and complexity challenges inherent to complying with stringent critical communications code requirements mandated by Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) as well as economic barriers that encumber solutions providers from widescale penetration within the total addressable market.
The Fiplex FLEX platform delivers mission -critical performance under extreme real world parameters and reduces the total cost of deployment by addressing all aspects of a project balance sheet, the firm said.
“FLEX was conceived to empower AHJs and solutions providers to achieve better buildings and better business outcomes,” said Matias de Goycoechea, CTO and chairman of the board at Fiplex. “It’s not only the solution both stakeholders have long sought but, more importantly, the solution that we envision will help accelerate and scale the number of buildings that have enhanced indoor public-safety communications.”
“The response so far to FLEX from AJHs and our strategic partners has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s being embraced as a gamechanger,” said Ron Pitcock, Chief Executive Officer, at Fiplex. “As one of the pioneers of the indoor public-safety communications industry, we’re committed to setting the industry standard for fail-proof, critical communication solutions that make certain first responder and building occupant safety is never in jeopardy from a lack of communications and connectivity.”
In related news, Fiplex Communications has published a call to action to inspire a renewed industry-wide commitment for achieving emergency first responder communications whenever and wherever needed.
“A Call to Action: Better Buildings, Better Business” urges the public-safety ecosystem to expand and accelerate the deployment of in-building public-safety communications networks by focusing innovation and technology that overcomes the underlying challenges of all stakeholders.
Communications plays an integral role in helping firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel fulfill the mission of Public Safety to protect lives, maintain order and safeguard property. Because the majority of public-safety incidents occur indoors, it is paramount that the wireless devices used by emergency first responders work reliably throughout all areas of buildings and venues including garages, basements and stairwells. Fire Codes have developed a clear standard for these applications and, although, code adoption continues at a notable pace, momentum continues to languish amid increasing radio frequency (RF) complexity, higher performance requirements and economic pressures. While admirably managed by AHJs and Solution Providers, these challenges continue to delay the full success of the Public Safety mission.
The manifesto calls for solutions providers to innovate to deliver mission-critical performance, mitigate complexity and foster economic models.
“Better buildings cannot be achieved without better business opportunities for solutions providers,” said Fiplex’s de Goycoechea. “Countless millions have been invested on education, training, code creation and adoption. But to fully realize the vision, a renewed commitment is in order – one that focuses on innovation to lower complexity and cost and deliver true mission-critical performance. We are calling upon our partners and competitors to join us in embracing this mindshift to help keep our first responders effective and safe in more buildings.”