Do your own or operate a multi-storey building? If so, it will probably have one or more lifts that help people to come and go, and your responsibility will extend to the functional operation of these critical components. As you know, lifts must be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that they are safe, but you also need to expect the unexpected and make sure that you are prepared for an emergency. Are you completely satisfied with the method of communication installed within the lift?
Big Changes Coming
After some delay, the National Broadband Network (NBN) is finally inching its way across Australia and may soon encounter your building. This is a complete upgrade to the current communication system and you need to make sure that all your internal devices and networks are compatible when it finally arrives. You must also ensure that your lift phones will work after the NBN is completely installed and there are a variety of solutions available to help you upgrade.
Assessing the Current Situation
All this is assuming that your current lifts are properly configured and in line with legal requirements, of course. It's amazing how many of these essential conduits are equipped with both phones and emergency lights that fail to operate whenever there is a mains power cut. They should always work from an independent circuit or have battery backup in this situation so that anyone who finds themselves in between floors can see and get in touch with somebody for help.
To make sure that you are covered in every eventuality, you should upgrade to a 4G lift phone that will completely replace your reliance on phone line connections. Upgraded phones will work in almost every conceivable situation, even if the layout of your lifts is rather unusual.
Checking the Signal
You will need to make sure that the signal strength in your property is acceptable, as it is in virtually every location these days. If you have any doubt about this, get in touch with your mobile supplier to see if they can provide the necessary boost that you're looking for.
Remember, the NBN will soon be in your neighbourhood and you will need to take action by that time. It pays to check how your current system works in the meantime, in case an emergency crops up before then.
Get in touch with your lift maintenance providers who can determine how efficient your backup systems really are and help you to make changes if needed.