With commercial environments, office blocks are becoming larger and taller with every new development – meaning more areas, and thus more people, to evacuate quickly and safely in an emergency.

Using voice alarm in a phased evacuation, by evacuating a few zones at a time, is critical in a multi-storey environment. The pre-recorded, spoken voice alarm messages direct people out of the building via a planned exit route depending on where they are situated, while certain zones or storeys can be manually selected to alert each area one at a time, to avoid congestion of stairwells and exit routes and to help prevent panic.

ASL Public Address and Voice Alarm (PAVA) systems achieve the highest possible standards of voice alarm and safety communications, and are suitable for commercial premises ranging from factories to office skyscrapers. ASL’s range of products include wall- and rack- mount EN54-certified equipment, and the Integra solution which perfectly caters for tall office blocks and other buildings and sites that may require a more distributed system. Meanwhile, phased evacuations are perfectly executed by the storage of multiple messages and the controlled, sequenced delivery to particular zones, whilst keeping tightly synchronised with third party fire systems and digital signage.

With IP networking now a more common requirement of commercial solutions, the ASL system’s flexible distribution is uniquely effective by distributing nodes around a building, both vertically and horizontally – allowing for huge savings on cabling costs. Further, ASL’s award-winning iVENCS Control System can be used to monitor other subsystems around the commercial environment, including fire detection, CCTV, network monitoring, and more.