Community goes for EN54-24

AUTHOR: Inavate

Community is seeking EN54-24 compliance for its R-Series loudspeakers in a bid to ensure the products can be used in voice alarm systems across Europe.

The manufacturer has applied for the certification of many of its large-scale loudspeaker systems through the international laboratory network of European Notified Body, Intertek.

Interek has a Life Safety & Security testing facility in Leatherhead, UK, which can accommodate larger products used in fire detection and evacuation and has the capacity to test Community’s loudspeakers which weigh between 40 and 145kg.

EN54-24 specifies the minimum requirements for voice alarm loudspeaker as a component of a voice alarm system to provide intelligible warning when a fire emergency has occurred and provides a common method of testing their operational performance. It also specifies the common requirements for construction and robustness under climatic or mechanical conditions that might occur in a service environment.

Intertek’s newly built acoustic chamber enables test engineers to take audio readings at 4m as required by EN54-24 and their 998cm3 SO2 corrosion chamber (double the size of most corrosion chambers operating) is capable of conditioning larger products to simulate environmental ageing.