Powersoft gains EU emergency alarm certification for fixed install amplifiers

Powersoft, the Italian amplifier specialist, has gained certification for its amplifiers to be used in Public Address and Voice Alarm (PAVA) systems.

Powersoft is pleased to announce that it has achieved EN 54-16 certification, meaning that its amplifiers can be used in Public Address and Voice Alarms (PAVA) systems.

This certification shows that the company’s products have passed the appropriate testing and performance standards for a Voice Alarm Control and Indication Equipment (VACIE) for use in alarm systems installed in buildings. It covers the full range of Powersoft’s fixed install amplifiers, such as the Ottocanali, Quattrocanali, Duecanali and the X Series.

PAVA systems

PAVA systems are an ideal way to guide people in emergency situations using voice instructions rather than text or alarm bell information, which less than half of people respond effectively to. This solution improves response times and makes instructions clear.

Thanks to Powersoft’s certification, businesses in the EU can use its amplifiers both for entertainment and also as a voice alarm system for emergencies. This all-in-one solution means that operators don’t need to invest in extra equipment for a certified voice alarm system and the larger PAVA system architecture is simplified.

Powersoft’s amplifiers are also compatible with VACIE systems from other providers, meaning that businesses can upgrade their current VACIE systems with ease, switching to an amplifier that is able to supply more power.

Safety is a priority

“We’re always looking for ways to support our clients, and EN 54 certification is yet another step we are taking to ensure our clients always have the best options open to them,” says Marc Kocks, Powersoft’s business development manager – fixed install – global application engineering manager. “Safety and reliability have always been a top priority to us, and with this certification, we can offer our clients high quality, reliable equipment for their alarm systems.”

Operators should also take into account local Codes of Practice when installing PAVA systems as these can differ in expected performance and design criteria, depending on the type of project. Most Codes of Practice allow for deviations from the standard if they are appropriately documented, justified and risk assessed.

“Adding EN 54 certification to our already proven fixed installation product portfolio will allow for easy integration in any EN 54 compliant systems or a system that allows for deviations,” adds Kocks.

The company is also offering virtual training sessions in English and Spanish on Voice Alarm & EN 54, in order to showcase amplifier features, technologies and usage in voice alarm applications as well as voice alarm systems regulations. Dates are as follows, and places can be booked by following the links:

Thursday 25th June at 9 am CEST (English)
Thursday 25th June at 5 pm CEST (English)
Thursday 2nd July at 5 pm CEST (Spanish)

Powersoft recently attended Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 in Amsterdam, where it celebrated 25 years in the business.