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by msecadm4921

As well as issues such as delays and lost baggage, airports have to contend with a mass influx of passengers and staff coming through their doors each day, with security a paramount issue.

ADT Fire and Security provide systems that protect businesses against the threat of a fire or security alert and have applied their experience into the latest technology in their portfolio, PA/VA, a public address and voice alarm system which can help resolve airport security issues. PA/VA helps to reduce panic by broadcasting clear and intelligible speech messages, which is less ominous than the sound of bells or sirens and can effectively target clear messages ‘which is an essential element of an airport’s crisis management plan.
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The evacuation of staff and customers is imperative for an airport environment and the PA/VA system enables this to be carried out quickly and effectively, in a phased manner, to target specific areas and control crowds, the firm reports. These systems are designed to comply with life safety regulations, say ADT, and can be integrated with a fire detection system providing the ability to quickly detect any fire and evacuate the affected area. An additional benefit of the PA system is that it can also broadcast public or staff announcements and ambient music, creating a calmer atmosphere.
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About Gatwick
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The whole process of this system can be controlled from initial consultation and design, through to the installation. Every system is also customised for the individual environment and can be programmed to deliver pre-recorded instructions in any language, accommodating a multi-national audience, the installer says. For their fire prevention needs, Gatwick Airport, the busiest single runway airport in the world with 30 million passengers a year, recently teamed up with ADT to install the PA/VA system in its North Terminal. The system, originally developed by Audix was tested over a two-year period, as part of a recent œ35 million programme by BAA to extend the terminal. The North Terminal’s PA/VA system is linked directly to the airport’s fire panel, so, in the event of an evacuation, an in-built Audix device takes control, providing all verbal announcements.
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And elsewhere
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In addition to Gatwick, ADT has designed and installed fire and security solutions to meet the requirements of 19 other airports around the country, including Heathrow, Manchester and the East Midlands, resulting in an unrivalled breadth of experience. Recent global projects include Brussels airport, Rome airport, Miami International and Frankfurt Main. In addition to PA/VA systems, ADT has worked with numerous airports to meet security requirements for CCTV, intruder and access control systems. Access control systems are designed to permit the free flow of authorised movement into any site, denying entry to unwanted visitors. This kind of technology is developing rapidly and can be integrated into a CCTV system, further deterring crime and anti-social behaviour. Airports such as Liverpool, Leeds/Bradford and Heathrow have all benefited from this kind of security. ADT joined forces with Heathrow to design, install and commission CCTV and fire systems for Terminal 4, as part of the overall security measures set in place by the airport.

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