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UL Taps AirTest for Next-Gen Test Standards

March 31, 2011

AirTest has been asked to help develop testing standards for next-generation fire detection devices to reduce false alarms.

DELTA, BC, /PRNewswire/ - AirTest Technologies (TSXV: AAT) announced that it has been asked by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) to participate on a UL committee responsible for establishing test standards for the next generation of multi-criteria smoke and fire detectors. These multi-criteria devices are intended to significantly reduce false alarms in residential and commercial applications by measuring gases like carbon monoxide (CO) while working with traditional ionization and photoelectric sensor technologies now used for smoke and fire detection.

CO can also be a major health hazard in homes with malfunctioning combustion equipment.

Dr Jacob Wong, President of Airware Inc., and the inventor of AirTest's patent-pending zero-drift gas measurement technology, will be participating on the UL committee along with Mike Schell, VP of Business Development at AirTest. Dr. Wong possesses extensive experience, and numerous patents in the application of gas sensing in fire detection. The first meeting of this group will take place in late April 2011.

"AirTest's interest in participating on this committee, that will play an important role in defining the next generation of smoke/fire detectors, is related to the breakthrough, zero-drift gas sensing technology which we have exclusively licensed from Airware," said AirTest's President George Graham. "This technology can deliver the extended life, long-term stability, and low cost needed by existing smoke/fire detector manufacturers to significantly reduce false and nuisance alarms."

Graham added that, "While our primary focus in the development of our new sensor technology, is to target markets that are immediately available to us, we see tremendous long term potential in the multi-criteria fire detection device market as it develops."

About AirTest
AirTest Technologies is a Green-Tech company specializing in sensors that improve commercial building operating efficiency and at the same time create energy savings. These sensors are all based on technical innovations developed in the last ten years, and comprise a growing second wave of energy saving technologies that will make a significant contribution to the Sustainable Buildings Program. AirTest offers its products to leading-edge building owners, contractors and energy service companies targeting the buildings market. AirTest also provides energy cost reduction solutions to building equipment and controls manufacturers who incorporate AirTest sensor components in their products.

About Underwriters Laboratory
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing standards for safety for more than a century. A household name in the United States, UL is one of the most recognized conformity assessment providers in the world. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries.

About Airware
Airware Inc. is a research and development company specializing in the application of custom, non-dispersive infrared gas measurement solutions to a wide variety of commercial, residential and industrial gas sensing applications. Airware Inc. currently closely works with AirTest Technologies as it develops markets for a new, low cost, zero drift infrared gas sensing technology developed and licensed by Airware.

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