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4800 IP Area of Refuge System

Area of Refuge Systems >> 4800 Series Area of Refuge System

Two-Way Emergency Communication System from Cornell

Cornell's IP area of refuge system (area of rescue assistance system) helps those with disabilities communicate with first responders during an emergency. In an emergency, such as a fire, the caller presses the button on the wall-mounted call station to speak directly with staff. If on-site staff is unavailable, the system automatically connects with two-way voice communication to an off-site Central Monitoring Center. The system’s simplicity of use is essential in stressful, emergency situations. Contact us today for a free quote!

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Cornell's area of refuge system:

  • Supports up to 500 call stations and 2 master panels
  • Is perfect for large or small buildings
  • Offers two-way communication both in the building and with the Central Monitoring Location
  • Meets IBC, NFPA, and ADA area of refuge requirements
  • Adopted by the US in 2015

With the Area of Rescue Assistance System, patrons of office buildings and other multi-story structures can feel safer in an emergency, knowing help is on the way.

New & Improved 4800 IP System in Stock Now!

The 4800 area of refuge system has been replaced by the 4800 IP.

The NEW 4800 IP area of refuge system is now available for purchase.

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Area of Refuge System Overview

The IP Emergency Communication System is designed to provide fully supervised, two-way voice communication between each area of refuge call station and the main control panel or an off-site central monitoring center, should the main panel be unattended.

Main System

An internal modem, operating at the base stations and connected to a dedicated phone line, dials out to a local control panel or 911 central monitoring location. Additionally, up to 2 base stations can also be installed throughout the building to allow alternate locations to respond to a call for assistance (one base station required for code).

System Supervision

The IP Emergency Communication System supervises all the call stations, area of rescue base stations, and expansion modules on a continuous basis to identify line faults and defective equipment. Activated call station locations and fault information will be alerted and displayed at each base station location.

Auxiliary Electronic Contacts

Each 4800VIP call station is equipped with an auxiliary set of momentary form “C” contacts that can be used to activate external devices, such as a camera, strobe, or tone device.

ADA Area of Refuge System Signage

ADA approved signage is necessary to ensure personnel is able to easily find a safe place in an emergency. 

Cornell offers ADA approved signs for:

  • Directions to the call station area
  • System Operation
  • Room Location 

All signs are either lighted with battery backup or have a photoluminescent system design.

Area of Rescue Assistance System

The International Building Code (IBC) requires two-way communication from the caller to a local control panel or Central monitoring location when the control panel is not responding. If your Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) requires intercom capability to the central monitoring location center, you need Cornell's system.

The area of refuge phone system allows building residents and staff to communicate in an emergency with qualified staff at the base station, and emergency services at the central monitoring location. Those waiting for rescue assistance can speak directly with 911 to describe their situation and receive instructions.

Area of Rescue Assistance Sign and System

Area of Refuge System Components & Product Sheets

Product sheets for the NEW 4800 IP System can be found below! For more information or to place an order for the 4800 IP System, contact Cornell today.

Area of Refuge System IBC Requirements by State

Area of refuge IBC regulations are highly nuanced and regulated locally. A system installed in Alaska might not meet area of refuge requirements in Wyoming. Cornell Communications is here to help you design the perfect system for your new or existing facility.

Area of Refuge Requirements for:

AL | AK | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY |


Contact Cornell Communications for more information on the 4800 Series Area of Refuge System.