Bosch Receives EN 54 Certification for All of its Voice Alarm Systems and Components

o Certification granted by accredited notified bodies
o Fully integrated EN 54 certified fire alarm and voice evacuation solutions for every application
o EN 54-24 certified products available for the full range of audio applications

Munich - Both of Bosch's voice alarm systems "the mid-end Plena system and the high-end fully digital Praesideo system" have been granted EN 54 certification by accredited notified bodies. Certification includes not only the central voice alarm equipment but also peripheral equipment such as loudspeakers.

Bosch Security Systems has long been a leading supporter of international standards for security equipment and was one of the first companies in the world to champion the new EN 54 standard for voice alarm systems. Originally introduced as a European standard for fire alarm systems, EN 54 has now been extended to cover voice evacuation to meet a growing trend in the market towards integration of fire alarm and voice evacuation systems. The standard covers three important equipment areas of voice evacuation: EN 54 16 for central voice alarm control and indicating equipment, EN 54-24 for loudspeakers and EN 54 4 for power supply equipment.

By the beginning of 2009 Bosch had already presented to the market the first EN 54-16 compliant voice alarm system. Thereafter, to gain certification for all its evacuation systems by an accredited notified body as required by April 2011, the company worked with multiple accredited bodies to certify voice alarm equipment.

As a result of these actions, Bosch can now announce that all components of its voice evacuation systems have been granted EN 54 certification by these accredited laboratories. The Praesideo 3.5 and Plena VAS 2.16 central equipment have received certification to EN 54-16. Bosch also supplies charging equipment certified to EN54-4, and the company has been granted EN 54-24 certification for a broad range of loudspeakers covering a host of different application areas associated with voice EVAC. In contrast to other manufacturers, who offer only loudspeakers for one or two defined applications, Bosch can provide EN 54-24 certified products for the full range of audio applications, including voice alarm, speech and background music as well as foreground music and professional audio. The range includes indoor and outdoor loudspeakers as well as flush-mounted loudspeakers for walls and ceilings.

With EN 54 certification of its voice alarm systems and components as well as its Fire Panel 1200 Series and Fire Panel 5000 Series, Bosch can now offer fully integrated EN 54 certified fire alarm and voice evacuation solutions for every application to provide optimum protection for the public and personnel.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, some 283,500 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal 2010. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some four billion euros for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

Bosch is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as a "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering." The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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