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Apartmnet building intercom/fire alarms/panic buttons
This is something of a long shot, given it's pretty esoteric, but does anyone happen to know anything about apartment building intercoms, fire alarms systems, or panic buttons? My father started a small wiring business, and I help out from time to time with technical specs and pricing. He's asked me to look into the above for a job he's bidding on in a new 70 unit apartment building.
The intercom system is easy enough as far as I can tell, there are two basic systems: a closed network you lay the wire down for, going between each apartment and the central box at the entrance, and a relatively simple one you just run a phone line into and then program to dial some number (land line or a cell I suppose) for each different apartment.
The fire alarms and panic buttons are somewhat trickier. I'm vaguely sure that there must be some out of the box (roughly) version of a central system for each, but I have not the foggiest about the specifics, and google isn't being especially kind. Anyone have any insight?