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The Visiplex AlertWave™ Wireless Emergency Notification System helps you reach people across your facility during emergencies. Providing instant audio/visual alerts and mass notification messaging, this system helps keep everyone safe, protected, and informed. The AlertWave system offers a variety of emergency alert options, ranging from a simple panic button to a desktop base station supporting thousands of wireless PA speakers, beacon lights, and LED message boards with text messaging capabilities. This emergency alert system is ideal for commercial facilities looking for instant public alerts during severe weather, active shooter, and other emergencies.

Wireless Emergency Notification System

Advanced Wireless Emergency Notification System

The AlertWave emergency notification system offers, in addition to wireless voice paging, many additional features, such as SMS text notifications, public visual alerts, text messaging to LED message boards, automated emergency alerts, and more. In addition, this system can monitor multiple wireless panic buttons to initiate a facility-wide, audio-visual emergency alert during duress situations such as severe weather, active shooter situation, natural disasters, or acts of terror.

To learn more about the VS4820 paging base station – click here.
To select wireless PA speakers to match your needs – click here.
To select wireless LED message boards – click here.
To select wireless visual alert devices – click here.
To select wireless wall-mounted/wearable panic buttons – click here.

Direct Wireless Emergency Alert System

Visiplex offers a variety of wireless panic buttons designed to initiate emergency alerts, activate an audio-visual event, or send a detailed message to LED message boards. These panic buttons are offered as a fixed, wall-mounted device or wearable pendant or belt clip device.

To select wireless wall-mounted/wearable panic buttons – click here.
To select wireless PA speakers to match your needs – click here.
To select wireless LED message boards – click here.
To select wireless visual alert devices – click here.

Wireless Emergency Alert System


Wireless emergency alert systems will always be more cost effective when compared to hard wired systems due to the costly wiring that could be a major part of the overall system installation cost. For example, a basic alert system that includes a CT157 wall-mounted panic button and a single VNS2620 wireless PA speaker will cost approximately $450. An expanded emergency notification system that includes a VS4820 base station, handset and a single VNS2620 wireless PA speaker will start at approximately $1600. The actual cost of each wireless alert system solution is based mostly on the amount of PA speakers, LED message boards and beacon lights that are needed to provide full notification coverage of the area.

A Visiplex wireless emergency notification system can cover a small commercial building up to an entire town with just one transmitter! The Visiplex system uses FCC-approved paging bands to send the voice and data information to all of its wirelessly controlled devices and uses the needed transmitting power to provide full coverage to any facility size. Visiplex systems are installed in some of the largest commercial sites, universities, medical centers and government facilities in the country utilizing one transmitter to provide full radio transmission coverage.

A wireless alert system coverage is impacted by construction materials, certain shielded areas, antenna positioning, antenna height and overall transmitting power. For example, a small commercial building of up to 10,000 SF could be covered with a low-power transmitter. A large or multi level building such as high school may need a medium power transmitter. A large area or multi-building site will require a high power transmitter. To get a better idea about your system power needs, please call one of our sales representatives.

Most Visiplex wireless systems can be installed without the need of professional installers. Since the entire system is wireless, all of the remote components, such as speakers, message boards, intercom stations and visual alert devices, can be installed without any professional assistance. Connecting to AC power or a POE power source would be all that is needed. A desktop base station system that uses an indoor antenna can be installed with a simple magnetic antenna mounting procedure. If your system is designed to cover a large area, it is recommended to use a professional installer to choose the best location for the transmitter and antenna, while ensuring the antenna is properly installed on the roof. If you need or choose to install the system by a professional, Visiplex can offer one of our resellers in your area.

Visiplex offers a built-in power backup option for most of its wireless products to ensure full functionality during power outage situations. It is recommended that all other system components, such as the base station and external transmitters, to be equipped with a power backup UPS.

One of the most significant advantages of a wireless alert system is the ability to add more wireless devices and expand the system as needed. For example, a basic alert system system can later be expanded to provide additional wireless PA speakers, LED message boards for text messaging, wireless beacon lights for public visual alerts, and more.

Visiplex is an experienced wireless product manufacturer for over 30 years. Visiplex uses its expertise to provide an elegant adaptation of proven wireless, high powered and FCC approved technology into a select line of speakers, 2-Way intercom stations, LED message boards, beacon lights, clocks and more. Visiplex offers an expanded line of competitively priced products suitable for installations ranging from small grade schools that require a small wireless system to large university centers and industrial complexes needing a powerful networked wireless system with thousands of wirelessly controlled devices. As a well known manufacturer, Visiplex has hundreds of resellers nationwide that can provide professional installation and maintenance services, if required. With more than 20,000 installations, Visiplex’s customer base is continuing to grow as we continue to prove we are the right choice for any facility.

All Visiplex products are field-tested, using UL approved parts and are compliant with Department of Defense United Facilities Criteria (UFC), speech intelligibility (STI-PA) standard 2003 IEC 60268-16, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), OSHA, ADA, and NFPA standards and codes.

All Visiplex products can be ordered from us directly or from a reseller in your area. You can call (847) 229-0250 to speak with our sales representatives, order online using our website www.visiplex.com or E-mail us at sales@visiplex.com.

AlertWave™ Emergency Notification System for Instant Alerts and Mass Notifications

  • Provide audio-visual emergency alerts throughout your facility, regardless of size
  • Send emergency notifications quickly and easily from a main base station or over the phone
  • Enhance safety with automated weather alerts and panic button wall-mounted stations
  • Add wireless PA speakers, LED message boards and beacon lights to improve safety and efficiency

  • Easy system expansion, relocation and cost-effective wireless installation

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The main advantages of the Visiplex AlertWave™ system:

Visiplex’s AlertWave™ is the premier solution for wireless emergency notification system applications that provides an effective means of audible and visual alerts for virtually any facility, regardless of size. This emergency notification system eliminates the need to rely on costly outside, subscriber-based services that may still operate by slow and ineffective phone, text or e-mail technologies.

In an emergency, such as severe weather, natural disasters, civil emergencies, or acts of terror, an emergency notification system is a must. College campuses, schools, commercial plants, industrial complexes, residential communities, and government facilities all demand the ability to communicate with the masses. Through instant, well-directed live, or pre-recorded voice messages, the AlertWave™ mass notification system instructs people on how to react to various emergencies.

When compared to other emergency notification technologies, the main advantages of the AlertWave system are:

  • Wireless Design – The AlertWave system is entirely wireless compared to wired solutions. This makes it easy and cost-effective to install, expand, and relocate speakers, LED message boards, beacon lights, and more. Based on one central transmitter, the system can provide an effective means of audible and visual notification for virtually any facility, regardless of size.

  • Zone-Specific Alerts – The most significant disadvantage of emergency notification systems based on email, text, or phone alerts is the inability to instantly alert everyone in a specific area/zone and instruct them what to do. In addition, these types of systems are based on a subscriber database, meaning people on site that are not in the database, without their phones, have muted phones, or have no reception – could not be notified. The AlertWave system is capable of issuing audio-visual alerts to any indoor/outdoor specific area, zone, room, floor, or building, telling only those who need to be alerted and instructing them what to do based on their location.

  • Live Voice Announcements – Emergency notification solutions based on a text, email, phone, or local Fire Alarm system cannot provide live voice announcements regarding emergencies to keep people updated during and after the emergency event. The AlertWave system allows administrators to make a live voice announcement from the base station microphone or over the phone, telling people what just happened and providing real-time updates.

  • Remote Device Supervision – Emergency notification systems that use IP networks, wired speakers, or a local fire alarm system can’t provide the real-time status of each speaker, LED message board, beacon light, and more. Scheduled routine tests are lengthy and require dedicated staff members, resulting in high maintenance costs. The AlertWave system offers a unique supervision feature for its wireless speakers, message boards, and beacon lights. From the base station, an administrator can find out the current status of each remote device or generate a daily status report for all devices located on-site.

  • System Expansion & Device Relocation – The AlertWave system is based on a modular design, where remote devices such as wireless PA speakers, LED message boards, beacon lights, and more can be installed or relocated individually. These units only require an AC outlet, POE, or solar power. Expanding the system is simple, allowing you to add more wireless devices to provide full coverage throughout the facility, regardless of size.

  • Voice Intelligibility – Most emergency notification systems based on IP, fire alarms, or high-power outdoor speakers, offer very poor voice intelligibility. This is due to poor network performance (IP-based), limited speaker size (IP & fire alarm speakers), or over-driven audio (outdoor high-power speakers). The AlertWave system speakers are designed to provide the right level of audio for the specific area they are installed, providing even distribution of voice messages with minimal distortion.

  • Connectivity & Power Backup – Emergency notification systems must keep operating during power outages, network downtime, and cell tower overload. The AlertWave system uses a certified, user-dedicated, FCC-approved RF band for minimal interference and reliable communication. This allows the system to be independent of wired or wireless network connections. Visiplex wireless PA speakers, LED message boards, and more are offered with a built-in power backup option to provide many hours of operation during a power outage.