Roselle Catholic High School Upgrades Intercom System with Aiphone IX Series

Before upgrading its intercom system, teachers were unable to communicate directly from their classrooms to the main office.

ROSELLE, N.J.Aiphone, a manufacturer of intercom and security communication products, was selected by Roselle Catholic High School to upgrade its outdated analog system with the company’s video intercom system.

Prior to installing the new system, teachers were unable to communicate from classrooms to the main office or centralized security location. Using grant money awarded through the state of New Jersey, the school chose Aiphone’s IX Series Peer-to-Peer IP Video Intercom System, which includes two master stations, two video door stations, and 43 audio substations to connect each of its classrooms.

Additionally, the new system allows the school’s front office to respond to visitor access requests at the main entrance while making visual confirmation before permitting anyone inside the building, says the company. To handle access requests, the school is equipped with two touchscreen master stations — one located in the front office and the other in the principal’s office.

The system also allows teachers to communicate directly with the front office so they can quickly initiate a lockdown to the entire school in case of an emergency. The Aiphone IX Series has the ability to send pre-recorded notifications throughout a building, alerting students and staff of any threats and providing instructions on the next steps to take.

“With one push of a button, a pre-recorded message will play continuously and can be used for a variety of scenarios, including fire drills, emergency evacuations, and lockdown situations,” said Ed Maffey, president of Maffey’s Security Group, the systems integrator tasked with the installation.

“With the previous system being unable to talk back to the main office, teachers were left in a bad spot if they ever had to reach an administrator for an emergency,” added Roselle Principal Tom Berrios. “With these improvements, the teachers now feel more secure with what’s going on in the building and they have an easier way to communicate.”

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