Testing and Inspection for Sound and Communication Systems

Sound and communication systems play a critical role in ensuring the safety of employees and visitors in commercial buildings. In an emergency, quick and effective communication is essential to avoid potential harm and ensure the timely response of emergency responders. To ensure that your building’s sound and communication systems are functioning optimally, regular testing and inspection are crucial.

Sound and Communication Systems

Your building requires sound and communication systems that work cohesively with your fire and security systems. These should include internal and external sound, text, and visual notifications that are sent from a centralized location. Our clients have access to:

  • Localized notifications based on the type and severity of the threat
  • Emergency responder notification systems
  • Location tools to identify at-risk personnel and assets
  • Two-way voice communication for loud environments
  • Code compliance tools and support

There are a few different types of sound and communication systems that you can implement. 

Emergency communications

These notification systems are customized for your specific needs and location size. These include audible and visual notifications and text displays. These communication systems are used to alert people of events like natural disasters, fires, active shooters, and other emergency events.

PA and Intercom

These solutions can be utilized in multi-level buildings, campuses, warehouses and factories, airports, restaurants, and other shared-use spaces. PA and Intercom sound and communication systems can be live or pre-recorded, and offer 2-way communication through the speaker systems. These systems also allow for programmatic distribution, as well as audio transmission using LAN/WAN and internet connectivity.

Telephone Networks

Telephone networks are a sound and communication system that should not be overlooked. These systems help with communication on and off-site through telephone networks, as well as transferring calls off-site in case of incapacity of a site location.  Telephone networks can be integrated with these systems to incorporate intercoms, microphones, and loudspeakers. 

Wireless networks

Wireless networks utilize app-based technologies to remain in contact with on and off-site workers using existing wireless handsets. These networks allow alerts and emergency notifications to be delivered in real-time and integrated with other alert systems.


EVAC systems are an extremely reliable option as they can be used when voice communication is not required by code. Voice alerts have a higher success rate of getting people out of the building, therefore it’s important to share accurate, specific information that reinforces the evacuation instructions and increases evacuation response time and adherence.

How Can Commercial Property Owners Test and Inspect Sound and Communication Systems?

Commercial property owners can test and inspect sound and communication systems by following these steps:

Regular Maintenance: 

Schedule regular maintenance and checkups for the system to ensure it is functioning properly and all components are working correctly.

Visual Inspection: 

Conduct a visual inspection of the system components, including the speakers, control panels, and power supplies. Check for any damage, frayed wires, or loose connections that could affect the system’s performance.


Test the system by sounding the alarms and checking that the internal and external notifications are activated. Make sure the notifications are clear, concise, and provide the necessary information to occupants and visitors.

Code Compliance: 

Check that the sound and communication system is up-to-date and meets local and national codes and standards. Ensure that the system is compliant with fire codes and can quickly notify emergency responders in the event of an emergency.


Keep detailed records of all tests, inspections, and maintenance activities. Document any issues or concerns that arise during testing and keep track of any repairs or upgrades made to the system.

By following these steps, commercial property owners can ensure that their sound and communication systems are functioning properly and are able to provide the necessary information and warnings in an emergency situation.

Bring in the Experts

Bringing in the experts is a critical step in ensuring the effectiveness of your sound and communication system. Companies like Fortis offer comprehensive testing and inspection services that can ensure your system is functioning properly. 

We have a team of highly skilled technicians who are knowledgeable in the latest codes and standards and who are equipped with the latest testing equipment. By relying on the expertise of professionals, you can be confident that your system will perform as it should in an emergency and that your property is protected. In addition, a regular testing and inspection program can help to identify and resolve any potential issues before they become major problems, ensuring that your system is always in top working order.

In Conclusion

Regular testing and inspection of sound and communication systems can help to ensure that your building is ready for any emergency situation. It can also identify any potential weaknesses in the system, allowing building management to make necessary upgrades and improvements to enhance its performance.

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