- Charles M. Salter, PE
- David R. Schwind, FASA, FAES
- Eric (Broadhurst) Mori, PE
- Philip N. Sanders, LEED AP
- Thomas A. Schindler, PE
- Durand R. Begault, PhD, FAES
- Ken Graven, PE, RCDD, CTS-D, LEED AP
- Anthony P. Nash, PE
- Jason R. Duty, PE
- Lloyd B. Ranola
- Thomas J. Corbett, CTS
- Eric A. Yee
- Joshua M. Roper, PE, LEED AP
- Peter K. Holst, PE, LEED AP
- Ethan C. Salter, PE, LEED AP
- Craig L. Gilian, RCDD
- Alexander K. Salter, PE
- Jeremy L. Decker, PE
- Robert D. Hammond, PSP, NICET III
- Andrew J. McKee
- Josh J. Harrison
- Vinay C. Patel
- Valerie C. Smith, PE
- Benjamin D. Piper
- Elisabeth S. Kelson, CTS
- Ryan G. Raskop, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
- Brian C. Wourms
- Diego Hernandez
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
Charles M. Salter Associates provides consulting and design services for clients interested in emergency communications systems (ECS) for their facilities. These life-safety systems provide targeted messaging to people within a building or across a campus. Timely and event-specific messages are broadcast over multiple media channels and deliver critical information to targeted groups in real-time.
Salter's approach links our acousticians and technology designers, specializing in audiovisual systems, telecommunications, and fire alarms, into a cohesive group that addresses emergency communication challenges. Salter does not sell, manufacture, or install equipment and therefore has no alliance with any brand or company. Our clients can count on unbiased recommendations and system designs that hold their best interests in mind.
Salter emergency communications services include:
Post installation speech intelligibility testing
Coordinating and finalizing acceptance with AHJ
Plan-check ready construction documents
Mass Communications Systems
Wide-area mass notification provides clear voice messages over high-powered loudspeaker arrays and other outdoor loudspeakers to alert an entire campus.
Distributed recipient mass notification uses electronic and telephony media such as email, text messages, reverse 911 telephone messages, and even social media to alert people of emergency conditions whether they are on or off of the facility premises.
For over 35 years, Salter has been a leader in intelligibility analyses. Salter acousticians understand how architectural properties affect speech intelligibility. We factor in the absorption coefficients of the materials on the walls, ceilings, floors, and furnishings; we also evaluate room and ceiling shapes to assist in the design of sound reinforcement systems. Our design will include the coordination of architectural, mechanical, and electronic solutions to overcome complicated acoustical challenges. The Salter team can also coordinate with the owner and end-user to develop prerecorded emergency message content that will improve listener comprehension of the emergency message in high stress emergency conditions.
Emergency Communications Systems Examples
Wide-Area Mass Notification System: If a fuel truck fire in front of the chemistry lab is threatening the building, the emergency message broadcast in the chemistry lab would advise occupants to immediately evacuate, using the courtyard exits and to muster at the courtyard emergency blue-light telephone. A broadcast to occupants at nearby buildings would warn to shelter in place. An alert to the rest of the campus would advise road and pedestrian closures around the chemistry lab. An email and text message to staff, students, and parents would alert them about the event and advise them to stay away from campus until an all-clear message is posted on the campus website.