ATI Offers New Flexible Answers to Critical Indoor Mass Notification Reqs

The new Universal Indoor Speaker Unit (UNI-ISU), from ATI Systems, a recognized leader in the design of Mass Notification Systems, provides more flexible, intelligent end points to customers’ critical indoor Mass Notification requirements.

When an emergency strikes, effective dissemination of information in a timely manner can be critical.

Intelligible voice messages can cover a wide area to alert and direct a large number of people in a short time.

Acoustic Technology Inc (ATI), a recognized leader in the design of Mass Notification Systems (MNS), Platinum Award Winner in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, newly nominated to compete in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, continues to innovate to provide their worldwide customer base with improved solutions to these demanding applications.

ATI’s new Universal Indoor Speaker Unit (UNI-ISU) provides more flexible, intelligent end points to customers’ critical indoor Mass Notification requirements.


A typical wide area voice system consists of several different components:

Indoor units:

  • MNS systems typically cover large outdoor areas but it is also important to alert people inside the buildings.

  • The UNI-ISU is a successor to ATI’s existing Indoor Speaker Unit (ISU) and offers customers more intelligent, flexible solutions to indoor MNS.

Large outdoor units (Giant Voice):

High-Powered Speaker Stations (HPSS) The HPSS provides fixed and portable outdoor coverage, includes a class-D amplifier and state-of-the-art electronics.
High-Powered Speaker Stations (HPSS) provides fixed and portable outdoor coverage, includes a class-D amplifier and state-of-the-art electronics.
  • ATI offers the High-Power Speaker Station (HPSS) with 1600 or 3200 watts of power to project alert tones or voice messages over a wide area.

  • These are available in fixed pole mount, transportable or trailer mounted units.

A robust communication and control backbone:

  • This is provided by ATI’s award winning REACT5000 Central Control Unit (CCU) and MassAlert software which provides an intuitive graphic display of the customer’s system.

  • These support a number of communication options to ensure a reliable system.

Next Generation ATI Indoor Solutions

ATI currently provides the Indoor Speaker Unit (ISU) which can drive MNS speakers in buildings which do not already have a voice capable system installed.

ATI's Indoor Speaker Unit (ISU) - an Exceptional, Cost-effective Indoor Notification System
ATI’s Indoor Speaker Unit (ISU) – an exceptional, cost-effective indoor notification system

It is also becoming more common to interface to 3rd party equipment such as Public Address (PA) systems and voice enabled Fire Alarm Control Panels when they already exist in a building.

In either case the new UNI-ISU offers a modular, intelligent solution which can be configured for a wide range of in-building MNS requirements.

The UNI-ISU takes full advantage of ATI’s Intelligent Control Gateway (ICG).

The ICG provides a powerful control unit with a flexible set of interfaces including Ethernet, USB, serial ports and a variety of ATI specific interfaces.

The 8-bit legacy CPU of older units is replaced by a 32-bit ARM based micro-controller with improved firmware including a modern IP stack for the Ethernet port as well as advanced encryption hardware.

Modular Flexibility

Universal ISU (Stainless-Steel Option) with LOC, Buttons
Universal ISU (Stainless-Steel Option) shown here with Local Operator Console (LOC) Buttons

The base configuration of the UNI-ISU includes the ICG, a basic power supply and batteries.

This can be enough to support a simple interface to 3rd party units such as a PA system.

Modular options include:

  • A 400-watt amplifier to drive speakers (70-volt or 8-ohm outputs)

  • An expanded IO board with additional relays and inputs

  • A variety of modems and media converters for flexible IP communications

  • A power converter and interface to support a 25-watt UHF/VHF radio for longer distance communication

  • A solar charge controller.

    • Although primarily an indoor unit the UNI-ISU is available in a stainless-steel cabinet for outdoor use where solar power can be a convenient option.

  • Remote LOC (Local Operator Console) interface.

    • The LOC provides a small LCD screen and membrane switch panel for local control

Flexible Control Options

The UNI-ISU can be controlled and monitored entirely from the remote CCU where local control is not desired.

However, the unit can also be equipped with one or more LOCs.

The REACT5000 supports multiple simultaneous communication paths to provide the most robust notification system available.
The REACT5000 supports multiple simultaneous communication paths to provide the most robust notification system available.

The Local Operator Console allows local control and activation even if communication to the CCU is interrupted and usually includes a microphone for local live PA.

Multiple LOCs may be connected to one UNI-ISU depending on power and distance restrictions. A large building may have multiple units.

An LOC attached to one UNI-ISU can trigger all the units in that building without going thru remote CCU, again improving system resiliency.

Multiple communication options can connect the UNI-ISU to the Control Station including IP links (Ethernet, optic fiber, cell modem and satellite modem) as well as UHF/VHF radio.

While requiring a licensed frequency and having limited bandwidth, 25-watt UHF/VHF radios allow system control over a fairly large area independent of 3rd party infrastructure such as wired network, cell towers or WiFi access points.

ATI also supports having multiple communication paths (for example Ethernet LAN and UHF/VHF radio) operating simultaneously in parallel for the very highest system reliability.

Flexible Alert Options

The main purpose of these units is to provide building occupants with alerts and information in emergency situations, typically using prerecorded messages or live PA.

Multiple communication options can connect the UNI-ISU to the Control Station including IP links (Ethernet, optic fiber, cell modem and satellite modem) as well as UHF/VHF radio.

The UNI-ISU can be ordered with an amplifier which can drive a large number of 70-volt wall or ceiling speakers in buildings that do not have installed voice capability.

In buildings which already have a voice enabled Fire Alarm system or a PA system, the UNI-ISU can assert a relay to enable the 3rd party unit and provide line level audio into an auxiliary input.

It can be equipped with additional relay outputs and inputs for contact closures which can be configured to provide control and monitoring of various external equipment such as HVAC shutdown, gate control, perform handshaking, etc. Multiple activation sources can be assigned priorities that match system requirements.

The UNI-ISU can also be configured to drive strobes where visual alerting is required.

It is also an option to drive digital signs to provide text messages in addition to the voice alerts.

In summary, the increased intelligence and modularity of the UNI-ISU compared to the older units provides more options for meeting the customer’s needs in a flexible and efficient manner.

This offers improved indoor MNS capability.

Along with the HPSS for outdoor needs and the REACT5000 and MassAlert for control and monitoring, ATI can provide customers with complete indoor/outdoor wide area MNS solutions.

To learn More about this exciting new product offering, and ATI Systems wide range of improved solutions to meet your most demanding applications, please visit

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Acoustic Technology Inc. (ATI Systems), is a world leader in reliable emergency warning and notification systems for the campus, community, industrial, and military markets.

The company designs, manufactures, integrates, and installs reliable emergency warning and notification systems for the campus, community, industrial and military markets.

Through acoustic design and modeling, ATI Systems provide optimal sound coverage and superior voice intelligibility for both outdoor and indoor areas to ensure the safety of our clients worldwide.

ATI Systems (Acoustic Technology Inc.) 

  • Best Mass Notification System – Hardware

  • Transportable High-Powered Speaker Station (THPSS)

  • The Transportable High-Powered Speaker Station (THPSS) from ATI Systems meets the demand for outdoor mass notification that requires the durability of a permanent solution & transportability for a temporary situation.

ATI Systems (Acoustic Technology Inc.) 

    • 2019 Extraordinary Leadership and Innovation Award

  • ATI Systems has demonstrated a continued commitment to designing, manufacturing, integrating, and installing innovative, reliable, cost-effective, and compact emergency warning and notification systems to colleges and universities, communities, ports, refineries, power plants, military bases all over the world.

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