Audio manufacturers team up for EN 54 certified voice alarm system

Audio manufacturers team up for EN 54 certified voice alarm system
Harman, Peavey, Luminex, d&b and Powersoft teamed up to create an industry first voice alarm system with EN 54-16 certification for each component of the system. The initiative remains open to other manufacturers interested in providing an EN54-16 compliant voice alarm system using products from a variety of manufacturers.

The EN54-16 voice alarm system standard, launched in 2008, was designed for companies who only made the entire system, with the new initiative allowing voice alarm systems to be built in a modular way based on the requirements of individual projects with a range of products from the aforementioned manufacturers. 

30 individual products have received certification, with the system including audio signal processing and control using Peavey MediaMatrix, audio signal processing from BSS Audio as well a selection of Crown and Powersoft amplifiers. 

Luminex network switches are certified to allow systems to be connected using copper of fibre, with d&b amplifiers being added to the certificate in the coming weeks. 

The system can support analogue, Dante, AES3 XDAB and BLU-Link connections. 
Roland Hemming, RH Consulting said: “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.”