Alarm System for Tigers

AUTHOR: Inavate

Baldwin Boxall’s Vigil EVAS voice alarm system has been installed in the brand new Caterpillar stand at Leicester Tigers stadium. The new stand completes phase one of a £60m (€66m) redevelopment at Welford Road.

The voice alarm system, installed by Argus, is designed to ensure safe and controlled evacuation in the event of an emergency. For everyday events, the same system provides stadium staff with full public address / DJ facilities and background. The system also incorporates the ability to record timed messages for announcements such as advertising forthcoming events, venue facilities and closing/opening times.

With a touchscreen panel forming the main method of control, the system installed at the Leicester Tigers stadium is designed for simple operation. The 22 panel display shows a graphic layout of the site, enabling the operator to easily recognise each of the 17 zones. By touching the relevant part of the screen the operator has complete control of paging (emergency or routine) to all or selected zones, can record and store messages, control background music and view system status and any faults should they arise.
The three-rack centralised system includes a Vigil EVAS dsp-controlled router and slave, controlling 33 Vigil2 amplifiers (totalling 9,922 Watts).

Jerry Matthews, technical support director of Argus Services, concluded: “The layout and design of the stadium as with this type of location in general means that the specification for the voice alarm can be a complex one. The Leicester Tigers project was no exception. The support of Baldwin Boxall staff throughout, from design through to completion, ensured a smooth installation.”