Legacy Voice Paging System Overviews
Legacy Meridian Park
Challenges: The challenges faced at MPMC were basic- the existing legacy paging system was failing due to age and lack of documentation on system design.
Solution: MPMC Facilities provided ISG with a terrific alternative to use the existing fire alarm system as a backup paging solution during construction of the new system, as paging is part of the life safety systems and critical needs of the hospital. With the back-up in place, ISG was able to decommission the current system allowing for a clean installation of the new Vocia solution while simultaneously removing all the old speakers, cabling, and volume controls. This was completed in one pass through the live hospital reducing patient and staff inconveniences while also compressing the installation schedule. The new system provided numerous feature benefits such as automated announcements and messaging, multi zone design, IP based solution, automatic output compensation for consistent intelligibility, improved audio quality while simultaneously reducing ambient noise in the hospital, and system dependability and reliability.
Roles: ISG was the prime contractor on this project providing all coordinating and communication with the customer as a design build project. Coordination with each unit within the hospital was handled via Facility Services. IT coordination was the biggest task of the project, outside of commissioning the system.
Legacy Mount Hood
Challenges: Mount Hood Medical Center had an old legacy system consisting of end of life components that had been added onto over many years without documentation. Unlike Meridian Park, a redundant system was not in place for use as a temporary solution. Therefore, ISG built a new system beside the legacy system that was in place. This created two loops throughout the facility: one to build, the second to decommission and remove the old system.
Solutions: ISG selected the Bi-Amp Vocia solution for its modular design, flexibility, durability, and reliability of components. Acting as the prime contractor, ISG could provide a one stop shop for a complete system design, installation, commissioning, and customer turnover with ongoing support to the live hospital. During the installation, ceiling work was being performed in the cafeteria allowing ISG to work alongside the contractor and minimize patient and staff inconveniences. Throughout the installation, ISG was also able to identify existing cabling and support issues from previous contractors and correct them, minimizing the need for another project to inspect and correct those deficiencies. During the installation ISG was also able to identify existing cabling and support issues from previous contractors and correct them minimizing the need for another project to inspect and correct these deficiencies.
Roles: ISG was the prime contractor on this project providing all coordinating and communication with the customer as a design build project. Coordination with each unit within the hospital was handled via Facility Services. IT coordination was the biggest task of the project outside of commissioning the system.