Voice Alarm

Our Voice Alarm systems integrate with alarm detection systems to aid in the controlled evacuation of buildings by means of clear pre-recorded spoken messages rather than bells or sounders. In this way the system automatically broadcasts specific messages to alert staff or visitors to a danger or to direct them to the nearest safe exists or refuge areas.

So What is a Voice Alarm System?

A voice alarm system is installed with the safety of staff and general public in mind. It is designed to assist in the effective evacuation of an area or building in an emergency. At all other times a voice alarm system is used to make public address announcements, broadcast advertisements or background music. All broadcasts, be they live announcements or continual music, can be sent to all areas of a site or to selected areas (referred to as zones).

Traditional bells and sounders only give a warning, they do not indicate the nature of the emergency. This may leave people uncertain and often such alarm signals are ignored – potentially with fatal consequences. A voice alarm system provides clear easily understood instruction via pre-recorded messages. This ensures that even untrained personnel and the general public are evacuated speedily and efficiently.

Voice alarm system have to work when needed – during an emergency, therefore, they are fully monitored at all times. In addition, it’s power supply is backed up by batteries which are charged and checked constantly,  ensuring the system will continue to operate even during a mains failure.

A gradual controlled ‘Phased Evacuation‘ can be achieved using a combination of clear pre-recorded messages and live announcements. Selected areas may be evacuated in turn. Typically those in most danger are evacuated first whilst surrounding areas (zones) are put on ‘alert’. The voice alarm system works automatically, with all controls easily overridden by fire officers or building control when needed.

Key Benefits of Voice Alarm Systems

 Integrate in to your alarm detection system – fire alarm, gas detection or radiation monitors

 Clear, calm, unambiguous warning messages in the event of an emergency

In an emergency, people will react without confusion or panic

 Improved evacuation response times

 Untrained personnel or visitors can be evacuated promptly and safely via clear instructions


In addition to broadcasting Alert and Evacuation messages a VA system can provide other functions such as:


 General Paging – Fast, efficient staff location

 Background music – Create a better working environment

 Spot announcements – Create revenue though advertising

 Shift Time signals


You can read about some of our Voice Alarm installations here.


Application Solutions (Safety & Security)   Baldwin Boxall Communications