most people, a simple instruction like "please leave
the building by the nearest available exit" can be
acted upon quickly and easily. But for wheelchair users,
the disabled and infirm, this isn't always the case.
Current Building Regulations recognise this and insist
that all new non-domestic buildings with more than one
storey provide ‘refuge' areas - relatively safe
places where people who cannot easily use fire escapes
and evacuation lifts can call for assistance and wait
until help arrives.
Simple, effective two-way communication in these areas
is essential, firstly to assist rescue teams in determining
where assistance is required and secondly to reassure
people help is on the way.
Communication systems in refuge areas are known as Emergency
Voice Communication (EVC) Systems. Their design and installation
is governed by BS 5839 part 9
ABOUT THE SIG-COM EMERGENCY VOICE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
comprises two different types of central control equipment
- a new low-cost all-in-one wall-mounting compact version
which can handle up to 8 lines (expandable to 16) and
a 16-128 line modular wall/desk mounting version. Both
are typically located in a building's control room (or
on smaller applications at a fire access point) where
they allow management and/or the fire services to communicate
via a telephonestyle handset with the system's ‘outstations'.
Two types of Sig-Com outstation are available - Type A
(fire telephone-style) and Type B (handsfree intercom-style).
Both types of outstation connect to Sig-Com central control
equipment using two cores of 1.5mm2 enhanced fire rated
cable of up to 1km in length.FEATURES
Meets and exceeds the requirements
of BS 5839 part 9
Ideal for all disabled refuge, fire
telephone and stadium marshal applications
Compact 1-8 line (expandable to 16)
wallmounting central control unit (above centre) saves
valuable desk and floor space in crowded control rooms
Type B stainless steel ‘Disabled
Refuge' outstations (above right) offer true duplex
hands-free speech - flush, surface and weatherproof
versions are available
Type A ‘Fire Telephone' outstations
(above left) come in locking or non-locking red steel
cabinets and offer true duplex speech - semi-flush,
surface and weatherproof versions are available.
16-128 line wall/desk mounting central
control equipment also available for larger systems
Unique ‘auto-learn' facility
allows fast network set up
All extensions can be named with
userdefined text of up to 15 characters
Fully monitored hardware and software
System operates at 24 VDC. In the
event of mains failure, operation can be maintained
for 24 hours (standby) and 3 hours (in use) using 2
x 12V 7 Ahr batteries
Optional line tester allows cable
faults to be checked prior to equipment connection
Ideal for hotels, shopping malls,
office blocks, transport terminals, banks, sports stadia,
entertainment complexes, auditoria, etc.
Allows cable faults to be checked and prior
to equipment connection, greatly simplifying system commissioning.