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Sep 7, 2010
BEAVERTON, Oregon — Biamp Systems, a leading international provider of professionally installed audio systems, today announced that Vocia has been independently verified for use in EN 60849- and AS 60849-compliant life safety systems.
Verification guarantees to commercial sound integrators and distributors that Vocia, Biamp's critical paging and voice evacuation system, meets relevant government specifications for life safety paging and voice evacuation systems throughout the European Union and Australia.
"This independent verification demonstrates Biamp's continued dedication to meeting the highest life-safety standards worldwide," said Graeme Harrison, Biamp's Vice President of International Sales. "Vocia delivers the versatility and reliability that governments and businesses from London to Sydney demand in evacuation and alarm systems."
Independent consultant Michael Creydt issued the verification last month after confirming Vocia would meet system demands and expectation for EN 60849 and AS 60849 systems. Creydt is a member of Germany's BDFS organization (translation: Agency of Notified Expert & Professional Assessor), and is a well known consultant and lecturer on EN 54-16 standards throughout Central Europe.
Component vs. System Certification
EN 60849 and AS 60849 specify performance requirements for complete sound-reinforcement systems; certification is not granted based on individual component performance. Both standards complement the new, more stringent EN 54-16 certification, which is issued for individual components within an emergency system. Vocia received EN 54-16 certification in June of this year.
"Compliance with all three of these standards provides Vocia customers with a huge advantage," said Matthias Holz, Conferencing Business Unit manager for Beyerdynamic GmbH & Co.KG, Biamp's distribution partner in Germany. "These customers can meet all applicable government standards with one rather than multiple communications systems."
Vocia's decentralized, networked architecture gives organizations a critical paging and life safety system that is flexible enough to fit any project requirements, is less costly to install and maintain, prevents processing bottlenecks and has the highest reliability for critical paging and mass notifications systems.