We recently installed an overhead communication system at a local commercial airport, which for security reasons will remain unnamed. The system allows the control tower, the local fire department, and local law enforcement to communicate with the airport’s Operations Center and Emergency Operations Center.


The system is programmed to automatically answer, assign, and distribute emergency announcements and alarms to the various centers and zones within each center. Audio signals are assigned based on level of priority and the requirements of the response team at each center and within each zone.

The airport required a system that was both 100% dependable and 100% autonomous. We chose a Biamp Systems digital sound processor for it’s flexibility and mission critical reliability, and JBL Control 26 professional ceiling speakers for their clarity.

The system is seamless and like any properly integrated system it allows responders do their job and forget about the technology that makes it possible.