Honeywell today introduced the XLS3000 Digital Voice Command (XLS-DVC), a digital audio evacuation, paging and firefighter telephone system that seamlessly integrates with XLS3000 fire alarm control panels for tailored notification and increased occupant safety during a fire or other emergency.
security and facility managers to simultaneously broadcast multiple,
distinct messages through an entire facility or targeted areas using
customized, recorded message phrases or the standard library of
messages provided with the system.
managers can sequence and compile phrases and tones in up to 1,000
message strings per unit, ensuring pertinent information is distributed
to the appropriate areas of a building at the right time. For example,
one message could direct occupants in one wing of a building to exit
via a specific stairwell, while another message could simultaneously
direct building occupants in another area to evacuate through the front
integrates with XLS3000 fire panels to provide network-wide audio
distribution and paging. It also supports up to five channels of
digital telephone operation for firefighters and other emergency
responders. As a result, emergency personnel can report crucial
information to central command at the same time the system is
broadcasting evacuation instructions.
traditional systems, which produce a generic tone when damaged or
disconnected from the network, XLS-DVC uses a distributed digital audio
amplifier that includes a self-contained power supply, battery charger
and local storage for standby messages in the event network
communication is lost, adding to the reliability and survivability of
addition, XLS-DVC uses non-proprietary .wav format audio files, making
message programming, recording and maintenance simple and convenient.
local fire authorities are requiring voice evacuation and, in general,
there is a heightened need for mass notification,” said Mike Taylor,
vice president of Americas marketing for Honeywell Building Solutions.
“Tying XLS3000 fire panels and XLS-DVC together gives facility managers
and emergency responders a fast, sophisticated and effective way to
provide critical information and instructions during an emergency.”
recently introduced XLS3000 fire panel includes the industry’s first
self-diagnostic tool, the System Maintenance Analysis and Reporting
Tool (SMART), which automatically tracks the testing and inspection
requirements of fire alarm devices like smoke detectors, pull stations
and output relay modules.
also features technology that enables devices to communicate with each
other in a peer-to-peer protocol, as opposed to traditional panels that
operate using polling and relayed information. The result is improved
response time — less than a second from the time smoke is detected —
for automatic door locks, strobe lights and other emergency devices.
panel can accommodate more than 2,500 devices and building owners can
integrate more than 100 panels and XLS-DVC units combined on a network,
which makes XLS3000 a flexible, scalable system ideal for small and
large facilities alike.
Notification During Emergencies
By Bill Zalud