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FMTI Announces Upgrades to OPEN ACCESS™

New technology dramatically reduces response time to fire alarms

Toronto, Canada. March 11th, 2002

Fire Monitoring Technologies International Inc., or FMTI, the leading provider of electronic direct to fire department [e-DTF] notification technology, has announced its intentions to release an upgraded version of its flagship product, OPEN ACCESS™ by August of 2002.

OPEN ACCESS™ provides electronic direct to fire department [or e-DTF] notification of a fire signal as soon as it is received by the central station. In other words, as soon as a fire signal arrives at a central alarm station, it is simultaneously re-transmitted electronically to the fire department computer aided dispatch system. Earlier fire notification also allows firefighters to intervene sooner at a potential fire scene, which enhances their personal safety and their ability to intervene successfully on site.

"One thing we are not changing is the essential role played by the central station, which will continue to call the fire department as soon as they receive the signal, in accordance with the requirements of Underwriters' Laboratories", said Jim Asselstine, President and CEO of FMTI.

Key new software features of OPEN ACCESS™ will include:

Internet Backbone: The new platform moves away from a frame relay network in favor of a web-enabled, real-time environment. This will reduce the cost of providing the service by almost two-thirds.

Simpler Messaging: The message transmission system in the new version will be simpler resulting in easier interface requirements for central stations.

One Way Signaling: This modification will standardize on a one-way signaling format. The two-way format in the previous version was unhelpful to emergency responders and did not contribute to faster response time.

Enhanced Security: The new version will also include the latest security features to ensure that all data remains protected during the transmission from point to point. Data encryption, firewall technology, and secure routing techniques will be employed to ensure safe and secure data delivery.

Ground breaking study proves reduced response time

In an independent study conducted last year, e-DTF technology was proven to reduce response time to a fire by a dramatic 114.7 seconds versus conventional central station response. Because of the exponential growth of fire during the first four minutes, the potential to save almost two minutes at the "front end" of a fire has huge implications for saving lives and minimizing property damage in the event of fire. The results of this independent study, which was audited by Insurers Advisory Organization [IAO], can be found on the web at www.openaccess.ca/Leber_Rubes-REPORT.htm.

OPEN ACCESS™ is currently being piloted in three Ontario cities, Ottawa, Mississauga and Windsor, and is available for use by any UL or ULC listed central station. The dramatic findings in last year's study prompted fire chiefs' organizations in Canada such as the OAFC and the CAFC to call for building and fire code changes to mandate the use of e-DTF technology, where available, in code-monitored premises.

"The events of '9-11' have created a greater awareness of the importance of emergency response services to preserving public safety", said Mr. Asselstine. "With e-DTF technology, the potential exists to save both time and lives, and we look forward to being able to expand service to other cities in the months ahead."

Fire Monitoring Technologies International Inc., with offices in St. Catherines and Toronto, Ontario, is the leading provider of electronic direct to fire department [or e-DTF] notification technology. Its flagship product, OPEN ACCESS™, can save lives because it offers dramatic reductions in response times to a fire signal.