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In-building ERCES Training and Review

Understand the performance and reliability requirements included within fire codes through an in-depth code analysis or training.

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Improve system acceptance with training and preliminary product review

With UL’s in-building emergency responder communication enhancement systems training, code analysis and engineering preliminary services, you can build confidence in your product’s design and integration by learning best practices before entering the testing and certification stages.

Model fire codes require installation of in-building ERCES to provide first responders with the means to use their land mobile radios to communicate during emergencies effectively. 

UL provides manufacturers and integrators of ERCES with two preliminary options to improve the acceptance of their systems:

  • Model code analysis and training
  • Preliminary review to UL 2524, the standard for In-building 2-Way Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems, with UL’s engineering experts. 

Model code analysis and training 

By fully understanding the complex fire model codes and product compliance related to ERCES, you will be able to better design or implement your system. Our comprehensive code training will provide the following benefits to manufacturers and integrators:

  • Make sure your product includes the features and capabilities your customers need to better serve their customers.
  • Better designed and implemented products will allow you to gain market acceptance, while ultimately increasing your sales.
  • Avoid costly delays in certification and ready the acceptance of products for local code authorities.
  • Decrease the costs associated with redesigning your product or re-implementing system integration.

This code analysis and training provide you with the guidance and expert insight on how to navigate fire codes, enabling you to develop an understanding of how the model codes mandate the equipment performance and operation. 

UL’s code team are experts in regulatory requirements. Our model code analysis and training will provide you with: 

  • An overview of code compliance and examples of code issues.

  • An overview of the requirements in the 2018 and 2021 International Fire Code (IFC); National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1 Fire Code and NFPA 1221/1225.

  • Best practices for interacting with code officials and how to resolve acceptance challenges as they arise.

Preliminary review to UL 2524 with UL’s engineering experts

We are here to help you navigate through the planning process every step of the way. Early engagement with UL’s engineering experts will allow you to prepare for product design, testing, and certification appropriately.

Let us provide you with the specific information for compliance to UL 2524, address safety-related concerns, monitor for integrity aspects, as well as equipment resiliency. Our preliminary review package includes:

  • Independent and objective feedback on your proposed product from a network of highly trained experts. 
  • Expert evaluation of your ERCES installation instructions. 
  • Guidance on how to safely and efficiently integrate components from different manufacturers into your ERCES, helping you to easily identify certified components.
  • Verify your product readiness through a comprehensive review of specifications, reports, calculations and drawings.

Please note: These services do not cover other aspects of radio frequency (RF) such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations for licensing. The product/system certification to UL 2524 does not cover the system installation or verify the anticipated RF coverage, signal strength or signal intelligibility/Data Acquisition (DAQ) within the building following installation.

Why UL

Our model code analysis and training or preliminary review of early engagement programs will empower you with a deep understanding of code requirements. It will also grant you access to UL’s industry experts, save your organization time and money in costly redesigns, and gain wider acceptance in the market.  

For additional information on either of our early engagement programs, please contact us today.

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Emergency Responder Communications Enhancement Systems (ERCES)

In-building emergency responder radio systems, also known as emergency responder communications enhancement systems (ERCES), are an essential life safety tool that enables communication between responders in and around buildings during an emergency situation.

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