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For 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


Sig-Com 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.


FiTT Line Tester

Allows cable faults to be checked and prior to equipment connection, greatly simplifying system commissioning.


Detailed documentation

CH/FITT EVC line tester  
CH/CAtCON Adaptor box to convert fire-rated cable to Cat 5  
CH/XSB Blue xenon strobe 12V  
CH/XSA Amber xenon strobe, 12V  
CH/SDM Strobe driver module, 12V  
CH24/7 24V Volt 7.2 Ahr SLA battery (2 x 12V incl. link wire)  


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