Kentec launches Safe-Point Emergency Voice Communication System for end users

Kentec Electronics, the life-critical control systems developer, has launched the Safe-Point Emergency Voice Communication (EVC) System which is purpose-designed to provide additional safety for people with reduced mobility in emergency situations.

Commonly known as a disabled refuge system, the Safe-Point EVC enables Emergency Services or work colleagues to communicate with individuals awaiting safe evacuation in designated refuge areas. This is particularly important during fire events where the use of elevators is prohibited.

The system consists of a control panel located in a reception or building manager’s office and hands-free communication points in designated areas on each floor of a building. It’s a stand-alone product that can be integrated with any fire panel or building management system.

The Safe-Point EVC differs from other products in the same vein in that it combines all potential functionality in one system. It’s photo luminescent and therefore highly visible, even in the dark. It includes braille and tactile identification, features an induction loop for the hard of hearing, can easily be expanded to include a disabled toilet alarm and is also vandal resistant.

The Safe-Point EVC complies with the Equality Act 2010 and associated Building Regulations standards determining that disabled people are to be treated equally, and that businesses and building owners have a responsibility to ensure that everyone is provided with safe access and evacuation processes.

Kevin Swann, managing director of Kentec Electronics, stated: “Estimates suggest that 11% of people within any building may require aid in an emergency. Reduced mobility can affect pregnant women, people with broken ankles and other short-term ailments, as well as longer term disabilities. It’s our responsibility as an industry to ensure the best technology is available to deliver fast, efficient and reliable support to everyone, regardless of their mobility.”

Swann added that the Kentec Safe-Point EVC has been designed to be easy to use and install. “Critical technology such as this needs to be intuitive and simple to use, even in highly-stressful situations. Kentec’s 34-year specialism in the field of life-safety and fire protection puts us in an ideal position to develop solutions that answer this need. Equally, the Safe-Point EVC has also been developed with ease-of-installation very much in mind.”

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