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System Cable Types

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We are frequently asked about the types of cable that are required for each of our systems. This should help answer those questions, however, if you are still unsure please contact our technical team who will be happy to help.

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VIGIL2 Voice Alarm/Public Address Systems

CONNECTION FIRE RATING(1) CABLE TYPE
Fire alarm inputs Enhanced 1.0 or 1.5 mm 2 core per zone for Evacuation or Alert
1.0 or 1.5 mm 2 core for ‘RESET’(Can be sou`nder circuits or input/output device)
Input/output device should be installed within the VA rack enclosure
Fire alarm outputs Enhanced 1.0 or 1.5 mm 2 core for ‘General Fault’ of the voice alarm
Fire microphone(2) Enhanced 2 x 1.5 mm 4 core
BVRD control microphone(2) Enhanced 2 x 1.5 mm 4 core
Touch screen microphone(2) Enhanced Standard configuration: 2 x 1.5 mm 4 core
Refer to user manual if hard wired bypass required and for wall plate connection options
BDM paging microphone(2) N/A 2 x 1.5 mm 4 core (screened) or
2 x 4 core fire rated enhanced
PC/graphics package interface Enhanced 3 x 1.5 mm 4 core
Ambient noise sensor N/A 1.5 mm 4 core
Network Enhanced Copper Network:
1 x 1.5 mm 4 core (fire rated enhanced) wired as a loopDistance parameters for Copper:
300 m – 6 channel – slow
200 m – 14 channel – fastFibre Network Multi-mode (6 or 14 channel)
2 cores required wired as a loop (ST termination):
OM1 (62.5/125) – 3 km
OM2 (50/125) – 2 km
OM3 (50/125) – 2 km

Fibre Network Single-mode (6 or 14 channel)
2 cores required wired as a loop (ST termination):
OS1 (9/125) – 4 km
O22 (9/125) – 4 km

BGM inputs N/A Any screened 2 core cable
Analogue volume controls N/A Any screened 2 core cable
RPVS digital volume controls N/A 2 pair twisted cable or CAT5 or 4 core screened
NB: where possible do not connect RPVS volume controls to the same physical RS485 port as Emergency Microphones. If unavoidable connect via Enhanced fire rated cable
RPAIV music select panels N/A Any screened 4 core cable
Loudspeaker lines Standard 1.5 mm 2 core
NB: screen continuity required for BEL1 monitoring
Monitor loudspeaker N/A 1.5 mm 2 core cable

NB: if connected to live zone loudspeaker output and physically separated from rack – 2 core standard fire rated should be used

Annunciator panel(2) Enhanced 4 x 1.5 mm 4 core
NB: 2 x (2 x 1.5 mm 4 core) wired via diverse routes

Cable types Key

N/A – Does not require a fire rated cable as this is classed as non-critical. As such a PVC type flex cable would be adequate.
Standard – Fire rated ‘standard’ cable.
Enhanced – Fire rated ‘enhanced’ cable.

Footnotes

(1) – Baldwin Boxall recommends that Enhanced Fire Rated cable should be used where possible for system reliability however please see BS5839-8 Clause 27 for more information regarding standard or enhanced fire rated cabling.
(2) – Audio and RS485 data should not be run in the same cable.

VIGIL3 Voice Alarm/Public Address Systems

CONNECTION FIRE RATING(1) CABLE TYPE
Fire alarm inputs Enhanced 1.0 or 1.5 mm 2 core per zone for Evacuation or Alert
1.0 or 1.5 mm 2 core for ‘RESET’
(Can be sounder circuits or input/output device)
Input/output device should be installed within the VA rack enclosure
Fire alarm outputs Enhanced 1.0 or 1.5 mm 2 core for ‘General Fault’ of the voice alarm
Fire microphone(2) Enhanced 2 x 1.5 mm 4 core
BVRD control microphone(2) Enhanced 2 x 1.5 mm 4 core
Touch screen microphone(2) Enhanced Standard configuration: 2 x 1.5 mm 4 core
Refer to user manual if hard wired bypass required and for wall plate connection options
BDM paging microphone(2) N/A 2 x 1.5 mm 4 core (screened) or
2 x 4 core fire rated enhanced
Graphics package (via BVRDTSM) Enhanced Standard configuration: 2 x 1.5 mm 4 core
Refer to user manual if hard wired bypass required and for wall plate connection options
Ambient noise sensor N/A 1.5 mm 4 core
Network Enhanced Copper Network:
4 core Draka FT Data or CAT 5/6 equivalent:Distance parameters for Copper:
64 channels – 100 mFibre Network Multi-mode (64 channel)
2 cores required wired as a loop (SC termination):
62.5/125 – 2 km
50/125 – 2 km

Fibre Network Single-mode (64 channel)
2 cores required wired as a loop (SC termination):
9/125 – 4 km

BGM inputs N/A Any screened 2 core cable
Analogue volume controls N/A Any screened 2 core cable
RPVS digital volume controls N/A 2 pair twisted cable or CAT5
RPAIV music select panels N/A Any screened 4 core cable
Loudspeaker lines Standard 1.5 mm 2 core
NB: screen continuity required for BEL1 monitoring
Monitor loudspeaker N/A 1.5 mm 2 core cable
NB: if connected to live zone loudspeaker output and physically separated from rack – 2 core standard fire rated should be used
Annunciator panel(2) Enhanced 2 x 1.5 mm 4 core

Cable types Key

N/A – Does not require a fire rated cable as this is classed as non-critical. As such a PVC type flex cable would be adequate.
Standard – Fire rated ‘standard’ cable.
Enhanced – Fire rated ‘enhanced’ cable.

Footnotes

(1) – Baldwin Boxall recommends that Enhanced Fire Rated cable should be used where possible for system reliability however please see BS5839-8 Clause 27 for more information regarding standard or enhanced fire rated cabling.
(2) – Audio and RS485 data should not be run in the same cable.

VIGIL2 Public Address Systems

Connection Fire Rating(1) Cable Type
Loudspeaker cables N/A 2 core flex (suitably sized for loudspeaker load)
(NB: Screen or third-core required for BEL1 monitoring)
BDM or BVRD microphone(2) N/A CAT5 or 2 x 4 core screened cables
Touchscreen microphone(2 & 3) N/A CAT5 or 2 x 4 core screened cables
Fire alarm mute Standard 2 core (fire rated)
Audio inputs for BGM, CD players or MP3 Any 2 core screened cable
Analogue volume controls N/A Any screened 2 core cable
RPVS digital volume controls N/A 2 pair twisted cable or CAT5 or 4 core screened
RPAIV music select panels N/A Any screened 4 core cable

Cable types Key

N/A – Does not require a fire rated cable as this is classed as non-critical. As such a PVC type flex cable would be adequate.
Standard – Fire rated ‘standard’ cable.
Enhanced – Fire rated ‘enhanced’ cable.

Footnotes

(1) – Baldwin Boxall recommends that Enhanced Fire Rated cable should be used where possible for system reliability however please see BS5839-8 Clause 27 for more information regarding standard or enhanced fire rated cabling.
(2) – Audio and RS485 data should not be run in the same cable.
(3) – Voltage drop should be considered for long runs to touch screen microphone via CAT5 cable.

OmniCare Emergency Voice Communication System

CONNECTION FIRE RATING(4) CABLE TYPE
OmniCare loop (disabled refuge & DTA kits) Standard 4 core FP run as a loop (size depends on cable length, refer to manual)
NB: Maximum 200 m between nodes
OmniCare loop (containing fire telephones) Enhanced 4 core FP run as a loop (size depends on cable length, refer to manual)
NB: Maximum 200 m between nodes
Annunciator panel Enhanced 3 x 1.5 mm 4 core
NB: Install no more that 20 m from OmniCare Console, connect audio signals in separate cable
PC/Graphics package interface Enhanced 3 x 1.5 mm 4 core
NB: Install no more that 20 m from OmniCare Console, connect audio signals in separate cable
Fire panel link Standard 2 core volt free contact or 2 core sounder circuit
NB: Not available with annunciator or graphics package

Cable types Key

Standard – Fire rated ‘standard’ cable.
Enhanced – Fire rated ‘enhanced’ cable.

Footnote

(4) – Baldwin Boxall recommends that Enhanced Fire Rated cable should be used where possible for system reliability however please see BS5839-9 Clause 14 for more information regarding standard or enhanced fire rated cabling.

OmniCarePLUS Emergency Voice Communication System

CONNECTION FIRE RATING(4) CABLE TYPE
Control panels & hub network Enhanced Copper Network:
1 x 1.5 mm 4 core (fire rated enhanced) wired as a loop. Maximum 300 m.Fibre Network Multi-mode
2 cores required wired as a loop (ST termination):
OM1 (62.5/125) – 3 km
OM2 (50/125) – 2 km
OM3 (50/125) – 2 kmFibre Network Single-mode
2 cores required wired as a loop (ST termination):
OS1 (9/125) – 4 km
O22 (9/125) – 4 km
OmniCare loop (disabled refuge & DTA kits) Standard 4 core FP run as a loop (size depends on cable length, refer to manual)
NB: Maximum 200 m between nodes
OmniCare loop (containing fire telephones) Enhanced 4 core FP run as a loop (size depends on cable length, refer to manual)
NB: Maximum 200 m between nodes
PC/Graphics package interface Enhanced 2 x CAT5/6 fire rated
NB: Install no more that 20 m from Network Hub, ensure audio and data connected in separate cables

Cable types Key

Standard – Fire rated ‘standard’ cable.
Enhanced – Fire rated ‘enhanced’ cable.

Footnote

(4) – Baldwin Boxall recommends that Enhanced Fire Rated cable should be used where possible for system reliability however please see BS5839-9 Clause 14 for more information regarding standard or enhanced fire rated cabling.

Care2 Emergency Voice Communication System

CONNECTION FIRE RATING(4) CABLE TYPE
CARE2 network between panels or NEPs Enhanced 2 x 2 core 1.5 mm fire rated enhanced configured as a loop

NB: Maximum distance from any outstation to master console: 5 km. Maximum connection length between consoles: 500 m

CARE2 disabled refuge & DTA kits Standard 2 core 1.5 mm
NB: Maximum distance: 500 m
CARE2 fire telephones and jack sockets Enhanced 2 core 1.5 mm
NB: Maximum distance to furthest jack socket: 500 m. Maximum distance to fire telephone: 500 m
Fire panel link Standard 2 core volt free contact or 3 core sounder circuit
Remote beacon N/A Any 2 core cable

Cable types Key

N/A – Does not require a fire rated cable as this is classed as non-critical. As such a PVC type flex cable would be adequate.
Standard – Fire rated ‘standard’ cable.
Enhanced – Fire rated ‘enhanced’ cable.

Footnote

(4) – Baldwin Boxall recommends that Enhanced Fire Rated cable should be used where possible for system reliability however please see BS5839-9 Clause 14 for more information regarding standard or enhanced fire rated cabling.

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