Paging serves as a simple and inexpensive method for organizations to communicate, notify and contact key individuals on an effecient and timely basis.

Question: Why does my organization need a paging system?

On-site paging systems provide a quick and easy way to locate or access personnel in a building regardless of its size. On-site paging systems give the owner complete system control with no ongoing airtime charges and can offer significant advantages over renting pagers on a public paging system. The costs of system purchase and installation may be less than the ongoing monthly pager rental charges from a public paging provider.

Amplifiers located in a wiring closet or any other place out of sight, are accessed through the building phone system and provide speech output to speakers on a zone basis. Zones can be established within a building based on departments or other logical areas of a building. Speakers can be volume controlled on a group or individual basis. The primary benefit of a paging system is the rapid communication of important information to personnel.

Universal Voice / Data has many years of experience in the design and deployment of paging systems for buildings of all sizes . Commercial paging services may satisfy basic paging needs, but some organizations with critical operations need more control over the system. Some need the ability to prioritize timing of page delivery. Other organizations need radio coverage in areas that are not economically justifiable for commercial carriers. We can achieve this for you in an economically practical way. The same Systems technicians who are installing LAN cabling may also install a paging system in your building in the same pass. Other features that we can install include Music Systems, Talkback systems, and feedback elimination systems all the while using our Structured Cabling System.

Question: What is the right system for me?

We offer a variety of systems with numerous options which can accomidate any environment. No job is too big or to small for us to install. After an on-site evaluation, we will be able to determine which components would best for you. We will recommend and install a system to the specific needs of your location. Your system will be reliable, durable and may be upgraded or expanded at anytime. After the system is installed, we are here to guide you and troubleshoot any issues you may have on configuration and use of the system.

A few things to consider...

To do a simple paging system you must know what you want. Do you in fact know what you want the paging system to accomplish in your organization? Most paging systems use a telephone for paging. If you wish to use a telephone for paging, then you must find out if your telephone system supports paging. You can find this out by looking in the manual of the telephone system. If your telephone system does not support paging you might wish to consider using a microphone for paging.

The next question is... do you wish to have background music playing through the paging system when you are not paging? Most paging systems have this option. Most phone systems allow you to make paging announcements through speakers in the phones. But if you want to reach people in places where there are no phones, or in a noisy area, you'll need a separate paging amplifier and speakers. Most amplifiers can be connected to your phone system with an inexpensive patch cord. Some can also handle background music and a microphone.

Here are some general guidelines for choosing equipment:

Figure that one speaker can cover a radius of about 20 feet in a "normal" environment.
" If the ceiling is higher than 12 feet, or the environment is very noisy, the coverage radius will probably be about 10 - 15 feet.

It's tempting to try to increase coverage (and use fewer speakers) by increasing the volume, but this can be uncomfortable, and unhealthy, for people near a speaker.

Most paging speakers are very efficient, and don't need much power to reach full volume.

Figure on about 5 - 10 watts per speaker. A 15-watt amplifier should be fine for two or three speakers.If the distance from amplifier to speaker is more than about 100 feet, provide a few more watts.

Use the proper cabling for the system and plan for future expansion within the design of the system. We can help you accomplish this by discussing your needs and evalutaing your premise.

Our staff is knowledgeable and willing to take you to the next step. "Opening better lines to communication" in your organization is what we are here to help you achieve. Call Universal Voice / Data today and speak with a project manager about your on-site paging system needs. Our number is 704.598.6004 or send us email at

If disaster strikes, bells, horns, and sirens may not be enough. Your facility staff and visitors need to clearly hear and understand directions that will guide them to safety.Every business needs a system that instantly notifies personnel of an emergency situation and that has the ability to adapt communication to send immediate response directives. Our on-site paging systems offer multiple ways of providing clear, distinct messages that people understand. Voice messages can be originated manually by telephone or microphone, or automatically from solid-state memory.
This may be the best defense you have in keeping your staff and employees safe. If communication is a key factor in your everyday business environment, then on-site premise paging is a must for you.

Valcom Employee Voice Notification Systems broadcast emergency information and evacuation/relocation directives through loudspeakers, horns, visual signs and strobe lights conveniently installed in all areas where personnel may be located, both indoors and outdoors.
These systems allow critical information to be distributed faster and more completely than any other method of notification even in the most diverse workplace.

Why choose Universal Voice / Data? We know how paging systems work and the proper way to install them without any degradation of power within the system. Let's talk about audio line distribution for example. There are many people and companies that install an amplifier, hook up the speakers, tag on a few more at a later date and wonder why the sound from each speaker isn't what it used to be. The solution to this problem was borrowed from the electrical power line distribution system years ago. When the power industry needed to make a long distribution, a mile or two, the losses were very high due to the resistance of the wire. The losses were calculated with the old, current squared times the DC resistance technique. The solution was easy, make the wire larger. The short runs of a mile where simply handled with larger wire, more copper. The current requirements were low and the solution acceptable.