Network equipment company Comba Telecom has added an annunciator panel to the firm’s portfolio of in-building public safety communications equipment.
The CriticalPoint Annunciator Panel provides eight visual and audible notifications on the status of the ERRC (Emergency Responder Radio Communications) system installed in a building where alarms must be placed outside of the main equipment room. It also provides a direct connection to a buildings FACP (Fire Alarm Control Panel) to meet local code requirements for Fire Life and Safety equipment.
There are two additional alarms for the annunciator panel itself to notify loss of power to the panel, or loss of communications between the panel and the ERRCS system.
Comba also said that the Annunciator Panel is UL 2524 standard certified for public safety two-way emergency radio communications enhancement systems which the company said is quickly becoming a code requirement in many jurisdictions around the U.S.
“Offering an Annunciator Panel to meet local building code requirements for ERRC Systems a natural fit for our product portfolio,” said Steven Cheng, Comba Telecom’s public safety product manager. “System integrators often are required, or prefer, to stick to one OEM manufacturer when installing an ERRC System and now Comba has just that, from the donor antenna, BDA or DAS, passives and service antennas, including the annunciator panel,” Cheng added.
Comba said that the CriticalPoint Annunciator Panel will begin shipping on November 1, 2020.
Comba Telecom also announced a 5W version of its public safety BDA (bi-directional amplifier) to provide mission-critical in building communications for first responders for large or multi-story buildings
The new CriticalPoint 5W public safety BDA supports single 700 MHz, 800 MHz or dual band 700/800 MHz frequencies. It comes in either Class A or Class B configurations and either AC- or DC-powered.
The 5W CriticalPoint BDA solution supports up to 32 channels per band (Class A) has full 5W downlink power for each band (not shared) and includes a built-in mandatory isolation test to prevent BDA oscillation.
“As a former first-responder, providing first responders the ability to transmit mission-critical in-building voice communications is critical and a focus here at Comba Telecom,” said Don Henry, Comba Telecom’s vice president of sales and public safety program manager. “Our new 5W BDA expands the LMR radio coverage area to support the first responder community to not only protect the public but first responders as well.”
Comba also announced the launch of its 100AH CriticalPoint Battery Backup Unit (BBU), which will provide backup power to any of its safety fiber Distributed Antenna System (DAS) or BDAs. The BBU will also provide backup power to the newly launched 5W BDA in the event of a power outage during an emergency so first responders can continue to communicate, Comba said.
Comba’s BBU solution provides (-48V) of nonstop DC power to public safety equipment for up to 24 hours a 200W. The BBU also provides AC fail, low battery and charger failure alarms in compliance with alarm notification requirements. The unit has the capability to offer up to four external alarms from other public safety equipment.