Towerswitch LLC, an award-winning engineering firm based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, has introduced Talking Alert! a new digital audio device designed to dramatically reduce accidents in the workplace via automatically triggered loud, audio safety messages and emergency alerts. Based upon a product initially launched to prevent mishaps by telecommunications workers climbing tall broadcast towers, the device now addresses the safety concerns of a broad cross-section of applications such as cell phone towers, waste management facilities, industrial plants, refineries, water and electric utilities, oil and gas pipelines, fuel storage tanks, mining operations, and hazardous waste sites. The original concept was acknowledged for innovation by Radio Magazine as one of only 15 “Pick Hits” awarded at the 2006 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Packaged in a customized, compact (8″H x 6″W x 3″D) self-contained weatherproof housing, the solar-powered Talking Alert! delivers up to 10 minutes of customized audio messages in any language by simply pressing the Information Button. The Emergency Button immediately notifies staff and security.
Using a built-in microphone jack, messages can be recorded, erased and re-recorded. Audio playback is initiated by pressing one of the front panel buttons, or by triggering an external input, such as an optional motion detector or magnetic contact on the door leading out to the antenna rooftop. A special magnetic contact is available for tower elevator applications. An on-board relay can also be set to notify security, or set off alarms. The solar power feature has battery backup for redundancy, or it can be powered by AC electricity. A built-in Datalogger automatically records activations to verify scheduled maintenance and inspections, or site visits can be logged manually with a watch-key. Data is downloaded directly from the unit to a laptop or PDA. An economy model of the Talking Alert! without the Datalogger — “Talking Alert! Mini” — will soon be available.
Towerswitch also offers several other Talking Alert! models, accessories and software programs geared for specific industrial applications such as RF (Radio Frequency) compliance for FCC and OSHA requirements for broadcast and cellular antenna towers. The Company’s Talking Diamond targets chemical and HazMat safety by delivering onsite custom audio information for MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheets), and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards.