Refurbishment, design, supply and Installation of voice alarm systems:

A Voice Alarm System enables phased evacuation of a building using live speech or pre-recorded messages. This is used to control the staff and general public in a building where there is a dangerous or life-threatening situation. A voice alarm system can advise of the safest means of evacuation from a building as well as for general paging announcements, routine messages such as adverts and background music. Pre-recorded messages are stored within a voice alarm system for emergency purposes. These systems continuously monitor all aspects of the audio signal path, emergency messages and power supply’s and can operate during a mains failure using a self-sufficient battery back supply.

Voice Alarm systems are recommended by BS5588 for use in multi story buildings over four floors and in all public buildings as it is not possible to carry out fire and evacuation drills to the general public. It has been proven that people will react without confusion or panic in an emergency if they receive a clear intelligible message. Electronic sounders or bells, although they give a warning about an emergency, do not provide details about the emergency situation. Leaving staff and the general public uncertain and confused about the situation and how to react. Without additional instructions, staff and the general public can tend to ignore sounders or bells. A voice alarm system provides intelligible details about the situation which can enable staff and the general public to be evacuated efficiently in a calm and orderly manner.

Standards for voice alarm systems

The standards for Voice alarms systems are. BS 5839 Part 8: 2008 (Design, Installation, commissioning and maintenance of emergency voice communications systems) As well as other relevant standards as follows:- BS EN 5839 Part 1  (Design, Installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems). BS EN 54-16  (Design of voice alarm control and Indicating equipment) BS EN 54-24 (Design of voice alarm Loudspeakers)

Voice alarm system refurbishment and design service

Tech X can offer a complete design service for voice alarm systems and loudspeaker coverage with qualified practical design expertise. We also have extensive experience in voice alarm system refurbishments and can assist in the entire process to ensure the a new system is put in up to regulations and the customers specification.

Find out more about voice alarm system refurbishments that Tech X can offer in our recent blog post by clicking the link Voice Alarm System Refurbishment.

Voice alarm system commissioning and maintenance

Tech X can provide voice alarm system commissioning and system maintenance including routine inspections in accordance with BS5839 Pt8 and EN54. Regular system maintenance for audibility and speech intelligibility is a requirement of the these standards and helps ensure that systems are kept fully functional in preparation for emergency evacuations etc.

System support

We can provide 24 hour, 7 day ongoing system support for all voice alarm systems.

Voice Alarm Systems installed and maintained by Tech X Audio include: Baldwin Boxall – EVAS routers, VIGIL2 & VIGIL3, Vigilon Voice Alarm SigNET – SS2N, AVAC, LinX, Integrity, Bosch – EVAX25E, EVAX50E, EVAX100E, EVAX150E & EVAX200E, Toa – FS-7000, VM-3000   SX-2000, VX-2000 & VN2000 Current Thinking – DCA4 Digital matrix router, PERMA 4 amplifier’s & ALP paging consoles. CAMEO – PRISM Ateis – Terracom, IDA8 Networkable PAVA ASL – VIPEDIA, & VAR 

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Tech X audio engineers are members of the of the Institute of sound and communications engineers federation, AES and electro technical certification scheme.

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