PAVA system the first with global first UL certification

Voice alarm and safety communications specialist, Vox Ignis, has launched its new ‘unified’ PAVA (public address and voice alarm) system, Unicorn Voice, after becoming the global first to receive UL certification to EN54-16 – a European standard that specifies the requirements for voice alarm controls and other equipment used in fire detection and alarm systems.

The company explained: “Unicorn Voice is a powerful wall-mounted, scalable public address and voice alarm (PAVA) system for almost any site, designed to be the easiest to specify, install, and configure. It can grow from one panel to a fault-tolerant network of 64 multi-amplifier panels, with up to 256 speaker circuits supporting over 163,000 speakers, as per BS EN 5839-8.”

Unicorn Voice is easily programmed and managed via integrated, intuitive touchscreens or PC, and offers a range of amplifier sizes and speaker taps to maximise power efficiency. Amplifiers can be hot-swapped, and Vox Ignis’s speaker range promises ‘easy first-fix’ with ‘plug-and-play’ installation. Unicorn Voice offers pre-recorded and live voice messaging, background music, integrated fire telephones, disabled refuge, fire alarm VADs, and assistance alarms, delivering one system for all the fire and life safety voice and alert systems required in modern sites.

Vox Ignis MD, Anthony Smith, said: “The result of a multi-million pound development project and 30 years’ leading experience, Unicorn Voice delivers a best-in-class feature set, and is a product that demystifies the voice alarm world, and ensures the very best audio safety systems are available to the market.  We are proud that this is the first product tested and certified by UL to EN54-16, or any EN or UK standard. I’d like to thank the UK and USA UL teams for their contributions. Achieving UL certification is not easy, and that is why it is one of the most well-respected certification marks in the life safety industry.”

Vox Ignis is a global specialist in voice alarm, emergency voice communication, and assistance call systems. Designed and manufactured in the UK, its systems are sold under the Vox Ignis and leading OEM brands worldwide.

The photo shows Lisbeth Bolivar, Industry Marketing specialist, UL Solutions, and her colleague, senior sales Executive-TIC, Stephen Lyon,  presenting the certificate for the EN54-16 third party approval of its Unicorn Voice public address and voice alarm system to Vox Ignis, MD, Anthony Smith.


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