A.R.C.S. Installation, Commissioning & Maintenance

In the realm of building safety and emergency response, Auxiliary Radio Communication Systems (A.R.C.S.) stand as a pivotal component that can make a significant difference when seconds count. These specialized systems are engineered to ensure that first responders—be it firefighters, police, or emergency medical teams—have reliable, uninterrupted two-way radio communication within a building during emergencies.

The primary function of A.R.C.S. is to amplify radio signals, thereby facilitating clear and effective communication even in challenging environments within a building, such as stairwells, basements, or areas with dense structural elements. This is particularly crucial in high-rise buildings and complex infrastructures where standard radio signals may be weak or entirely lost, putting both first responders and building occupants at risk.

The importance of A.R.C.S. became glaringly evident following the tragic events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, leading to significant changes in emergency communication protocols. Today, these systems are not just recommended but are often mandated by local building codes and fire departments, especially in densely populated regions like New York City.

A.R.C.S. Components

Understanding the components that make up an Auxiliary Radio Communication System (A.R.C.S.) is essential for grasping its functionality and effectiveness. Below is a detailed list of the basic elements involved in an A.R.C.S.:

Dedicated Radio Consoles (DRC)

The DRC serves as the control hub for the A.R.C.S., allowing for centralized management and monitoring of the system. It is where all radio communications are routed, providing first responders with a unified interface for effective communication.

Radio Amplification Units (RAU)

These units are strategically placed throughout the building to amplify radio signals. The RAU ensures that the signals maintain their integrity, allowing for clear and reliable communication even in areas that are typically hard to reach with standard radio equipment.


Cables are the physical conduits that connect various components of the A.R.C.S., including the DRC, RAU, antennas, and power supplies. They are designed to be fire-resistant and to maintain signal quality over long distances.


Antennas are used to transmit and receive radio signals to and from the DRC and RAU. They are usually installed at various points within the building to ensure comprehensive coverage and are tuned to the frequencies used by emergency services.

Power Supplies

A reliable power supply is crucial for the uninterrupted operation of the A.R.C.S. These power units often come with backup options, such as batteries, to ensure the system remains operational even during power outages.

Each of these components plays a critical role in the overall functionality of an A.R.C.S., working in synergy to provide a robust and reliable communication network for first responders during emergencies.

Altus' Expertise in A.R.C.S. Installation and Commissioning

When it comes to the installation and commissioning of Auxiliary Radio Communication Systems (A.R.C.S.), Altus stands as a trusted service provider with a proven track record. Our approach is rooted in reliability, precision, and a deep understanding of both national and local regulations.

Reliable A.R.C.S. Installation and Commissioning Services

Altus offers a comprehensive suite of services that cover every aspect of A.R.C.S. installation, from initial planning and design to final commissioning. We work closely with clients to tailor the system to the specific needs of the building, ensuring not only compliance with regulatory standards but also optimal performance in real-world emergency scenarios.

Trained and NICET Certified Technicians

The cornerstone of our service quality is our team of technicians, who are both trained and certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET). Their expertise ensures that each A.R.C.S. installation meets the highest standards of quality and reliability. Whether it’s selecting the right components, optimizing signal strength, or ensuring seamless integration with existing systems, our technicians bring a level of skill and attention to detail that sets us apart in the industry.

By entrusting your A.R.C.S. installation and commissioning to Altus, you benefit from a team that is committed to excellence, compliance, and the long-term reliability of your emergency communication systems.

A.R.C.S. Maintenance Services by Altus

Maintaining the integrity and functionality of an Auxiliary Radio Communication System (A.R.C.S.) is not just a regulatory requirement but a critical aspect of building safety. Altus offers a robust maintenance program designed to keep your A.R.C.S. in optimal working condition.

Maintenance Schedule According to Code Requirements

Compliance with both national and local codes is non-negotiable. To that end, Altus creates a maintenance schedule that aligns with the stipulated code requirements. This ensures that your A.R.C.S. not only meets but exceeds the standards set by regulatory bodies, thereby guaranteeing its reliability during critical moments.

Flexibility in Maintenance Visits

We understand that every business has its own operational constraints. That’s why Altus offers flexible maintenance visits to suit your needs. Whether it’s during normal business hours, afternoons, evenings, or even late at night, our crew is available to perform maintenance tasks with minimal disruption to your daily operations.

A.R.C.S. Testing, Inspection, Certification, and Recertification

Ensuring the ongoing reliability and compliance of your Auxiliary Radio Communication System (A.R.C.S.) involves a regimen of regular testing, inspection, certification, and recertification. These processes are not just best practices but are often mandated by regulatory bodies like the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).

FDNY Requirements for A.R.C.S. Testing and Certification

The FDNY has specific guidelines that require regular testing and certification of A.R.C.S. installed in buildings within New York City. These tests are designed to validate the system’s functionality, signal strength, and overall performance. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in penalties and could compromise the building’s safety in emergency situations.

Altus’ Role in Ensuring Compliance

Altus takes a proactive approach to ensure that your A.R.C.S. remains compliant with all FDNY requirements. Our team of NICET-certified technicians conducts thorough inspections and tests as part of our maintenance services. We also manage the certification and recertification process, submitting all necessary documentation to the FDNY on your behalf.

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