As prime contractor, Apogee was tasked to upgrade the existing public address and mass notification system for the Troy Bowling and Franklin R. Sousley campuses of the Lexington Healthcare System.
The new design replaces the existing Dukane analog paging system with a new digital system utilizing hardwired paging zones which can be addressed individually or in combination. This new system will have paging stations located in the administrator’s offices, the call center, and in the police center. In addition, the system is capable of accept announcements from the campus’s VoIP system. It will also be able to announce calls from the campus nurse call and fire alarm system. System monitoring will be through a web app that can be accessed by maintenance personnel.
The system will utilize a backbone of ethernet switches connected to the paging system equipment. The headend equipment will include a headend message server, amplifiers, and any interface equipment. Also attached to the ethernet backbone are end of line devices that track speaker circuits’ status. The amplifiers will feed hardwired speaker circuits at 70V using speaker wire.
Design differed for the two campuses as the speaker zones are laid out based on operational areas by floor for the Bowling campus. The Sousley campus will have paging zones laid out by floor and then by building.