In a unique audio industry initiative, five leading professional audio manufacturers have achieved the first ever multi-manufacturer voice alarm solution fully compliant with EN 54-16. This initiative is open to all manufactures interested in offering EN 54-16 compliance, proving that it is no longer necessary to source EN 54-compliant voice alarm solutions from a single manufacturer.
When the EN 54-16 voice alarm standard was launched in 2008, it was designed for companies who only made the entire system. This new initiative permits voice alarm systems to be built in a modular way according to the requirements of each project, utilising a range of products from these manufacturers.
With certification having been granted for over 30 products, the system includes audio signal processing and control using Peavey MediaMatrix, audio signal processing from BSS Audio along with a wide selection of Crown and Powersoft amplifiers. Luminex network switches are also certified to allow systems to be connected using copper or fibre. In the coming weeks d&b amplifiers will also be added to the certificate.
The system supports analogue, Dante, AES3 XDAB and BLU-Link connections.
According to project leader, Roland Hemming of RH Consulting, “This project was one of the most complex audio systems ever built. Achieving EN 54 compliance for over 30 products across five manufacturers is no mean feat! It’s taken three years of rigorous testing to achieve and has now created a platform that other amplifier, DSP, microphone and network switch manufacturers can join to create a single, compliant solution. Specifiers can now build EN 54-compliant systems using a range of products from different manufacturers, which is an industry first.”
More details on the solution will be released shortly along with information on how other manufacturers may obtain certification for their products to become part of the system.