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VoCALL 16 Digital - Type B outstation

The VoCALL Type B digital outstation is designed to be versatile, compact and easy to use. These units are available as both flush or surface mounted. They have a high volume ringer, status LED and tactile Braille signage. They are compatible with all VoCALL digital systems.

Usually the interface between the refuge point and the main panel, Type B outstations are designed to be used in a fire situation and therefore should always be wired in fire-resistant cable (please check local installation codes for cable type).

Type B outstations should only be used where the background noise is below 40dBA (therefore there should be no sounder or voice alarm coverage in the area). For disabled refuges Type A or Type B outstations can be used.

VoCALL 16 Digital - Type B outstation
Compatible with VoCALL 16 digital system
Full duplex operation for 2-way communication
Loop output, tactile braille signage & status LED

Why must I have a disabled refuge emergency voice communication system?

Risk assessments of new buildings must make provision for means of escape of disabled people in line with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. 

Building Regulations dictate new non-domestic buildings with 1+ stories provide ‘refuge’ areas – relatively safe places where people who cannot easily escape can call for assistance and wait for help. Simple two-way communication in these areas is essential, to assist rescue teams in determining where assistance is needed and to reassure people help is coming.

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Type A and Type B outstations, when should they be used?

When choosing outstations for use with EVC systems we recommend referring to local regulations. In UK standards, for example, Type A outstations should be used for evacuation or fire fighting use and Type B should only be used where Type A outstations are impractical. For disabled refuges Type A or Type B Outstations can be used however Type B outstations can only be used where the background noise is below 40dBA.

What is a fire telephone and what do they do during an emergency?

Fire telephones are hardwired full duplex communications systems with monitoring and battery backup and are required in buildings over 4 stories in many countries in the world. These are provided as a backup to traditional fireman’s radio systems, which can fail to operate in many high rise environments due to a large amount of steel in the building, and the “corona” effect of fire on radio broadcasts.

VoCALL - Trusted emergency communications system for projects large or small

VoCALL suits all sizes of installation from one and two outstation systems in small shops like Bon Marche, to a massive 364 line dual network system at Westfield Shopping Centre in London’s White City.

Over the years VoCALL has been installed on several high profile projects in some of the world’s most prestigious sites, from Wimbledon AELTCC and St Pancras stations in the UK to the Marina Towers and Jumeirah Tunnel in the Middle East.

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