How will the 2019 ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Code Updates impact your property?

Recent News Reveals Elevator Rides Turned Tragic. What Can We Do?

As we all know, building code is paramount, especially when you own or manage commercial or multifamily properties. So what does the new ASME 2019 A17.1 code update mean for building owners and managers?

Let’s start with the basics. 

Meet The New Two-Way Video & Messaging Elevator Code

Our best-in-class emergency phone + monitoring solutions provide peace of mind and are backed by decades of expertise-now compatible with video and messaging systems

Learn More

What is ASME and why are they issuing building codes?  

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) was founded in 1880 when a group of engineers met to discuss concerns resulting from the rise of industrialization and mechanization in industry.  In 1884 they established the Boiler Test Code. After an explosion that resulted in 58 deaths and 117 injuries, ASME formed the Boiler Code Committee. One hundred and forty years and many codes later, they have become the industry standard. 

Changes are broad and as always our focus will be on amendments to the emergency communications systems in elevators. We know recently, in 2018, IBC 3001.2 was updated to include video communication. ASME has followed suit and also added video code, but what else is changing and how do you accommodate those changes?


ASME 2019 Updates Image

WEBINAR: Three Things You Need to Know About ASME/IBC Elevator Communication Code Updates

The latest ASME/IBC code updates drastically affect what’s required of your elevator emergency communications system. Get the breakdown in a live webinar and Q&A  from our experts, including our in-house qualified elevator inspector and ASME Electrical Code Committee member.

To find those answers, we sat down with Dave Mann, Vice President of Technology at Kings III to discuss the technical aspects of CabView™ elevator video monitoring, Kings III’s approach to the updated elevator code. Mann is responsible for the technology infrastructure that enables operations and all Kings III services offered to customers. He has more than 30 years career experience having worked with major 3rd party security and fire central stations as well as operating his own consulting firm serving the same industry.  

ASME A17.1 Car Emergency Signaling Devices has been updated to include:

  1. Two way message display in the cab for hearing and/or speech impaired.
  2. A means for authorized personnel to view video of passengers anywhere in the cab.
  3. A means activated by emergency personnel to change cab message to indicate help is on-site if over 60 ft of travel.

ASME 2019 Elevator Code

Q&A with Dave:

Describe Kings III’s solution to this new ASME code requirement.

We have been working closely with MAD Elevator to solve for new code requirements, but our Kings III phones and CabView elevator video monitoring are compatible with video messaging systems and fixtures from a range of manufacturers. We will be able to use our existing code-compliant phones with new two-way video components. When our Kings III Emergency Dispatch Center (EDC) is alerted to an entrapment, we will connect to the elevator car camera to augment our audio communication.

See Our Recommended Minimum Standards for Elevator Emergency Phone Monitoring

Additional details about how the Kings III/MAD Elevator solution meets ASME requirements can be found in this Elevator World article.

How will this work? How will the video display and phone interact with each other from a technical perspective?

In this initial system, the phone and the video are separate systems. We combine their functionality at the EDC. The phone creates an inbound call to the EDC and while the EDC begins working the call, our software will connect to the video system in the elevator.

What will this change about the way Kings III emergency operators currently respond to emergency calls?

Adding video to any call received can help determine if there is anyone on the elevator at the time we connect or possibly if someone is in the elevator and is not able to respond.

How will the new video communication system change the end-user/caller experience?

Being able to potentially see an issue that is not apparent in an audio-only session could create a much-improved outcome for the caller when they are unable to respond to us audibly. For Kings III property manager and building owner customers, where enabled, this will allow us to have visual confirmation of entrapped passengers vs a false alarm and empty elevator.

Will this change any additional technical features in the current Kings III monitoring service?

The addition of one-way video and two-way text communication will change how the end-user communicates with our operators but with CabView, our monitoring will remain the same and will feature the same Kings III all-inclusive benefits. The use of existing features will also be updated.

Will customers still have the option to utilize either landlines (line seizure) or cellular service or will this be cellular only?

In this iteration, the customer can use all existing options for the phone. Since the video and text are separate from the communication path of the phone, some form of broadband data will need to be available for the video and text component.

Any concerns with the use of VoIP with this solution? Any hurdles?

The video and text portion is a data-only communication path and we’d always opt for the simplest and most capable service available. Being dependent on customer networks for emergency services is always concerning, both for us as well as for customer company internal IT teams, so establishing a data connection independent of the customer network will be explored.

As someone with 30 years of experience in the alarm industry and more specifically as someone managing the technical side of emergency alarm centers, what is your opinion on any unforeseen benefits of this new code? Unforeseen issues?

There will be hurdles and benefits that fall outside the scope and reasoning of the code. Video adds a dynamic element that doesn’t exist in an audio-only environment. As we’ve learned, sometimes our phones are used for ‘off-script’ purposes, such as reporting crimes or fires, kids getting locked out of their apartments, and other on-demand or creative uses.

Be sure you’re compliant with ASME A17.1– refer to this table for your elevator’s emergency communications requirements, depending on the ASME code year your state follows.

Reprinted from ASME A17.1-2019/CSA B44:19, by permission of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  All rights reserved.

Not sure which year your state follows? Learn here.

Kings III Emergency Communications has been providing complete, compliant, and affordable emergency phone solutions for elevators, poolside, stairwells, parking areas, and more for over three decades. Our all-inclusive turnkey solution includes equipment, installation, maintenance, and 24/7 monitoring at our very own Emergency Dispatch Center for one low price. We design our equipment with code compliance and caller experience in mind, staying at the forefront of code and technology changes. Interested in utilizing Kings III CabView elevator video monitoring? Contact us here.

Understanding Elevator Emergency Communication Code Compliance


What an Emergency Dispatcher will Most Likely Ask You

When suddenly faced with an emergency, you may immediately feel frightened and helpless. An emergency communications system can help reduce or eliminate those reactions by providing immediate assistance. Here's what you can expect on the other side of a call you place from an emergency phone.

Kings III Makes The Dallas Morning News Top 100 Places to Work List Becoming a 4x Winner

We're honored to be recognized by our employees and The Dallas Morning News by making the daily newspaper’s Top 100 Places to Work list for the 4th year in a row, falling in at 26th in the midsize companies category.

January 2024 Elevator Code Updates in Florida

Florida property managers have finally completed DLM requirements in their elevators (hopefully). But wait, there's more! Florida will adopt ASME 2019 starting January 1, 2024. Learn what this means, how you can comply, and get guidance from our code experts.

Survey Reveals Gaps in Building Emergency Communications Plans

A recent survey of property management professionals revealed that while more than 60 percent of respondents were aware that telecom companies are phasing out POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service, also known as analog copper land lines), nearly half reported their elevator emergency communication systems are still based on this endangered technology.

Successful Hotel CO Inspections

A CO is a vital requirement before opening your new-build/renovated hotel. One area we often see overlooked within the process is telecommunications. To help get you started, we’ve compiled a checklist of key telecom-specific items to consider that may be subject to inspection.

How is Elevator Liability Defined?

One of a building owner’s worst nightmares: a passenger gets into an elevator in perfect health but ends the ride with a serious physical or psychological injury. Thankfully, this is an extremely rare scenario, but all those involved in building management should know exactly how to define elevator liability and take action if an incident occurs.

How is Your Premise Liability Law IQ?

A premises liability lawsuit holds a property owner responsible for any damages arising out of an injury on that person or entity's property. Keeping your property safe is, therefore, your number-one priority. Here's exactly what you need to know.

Kings III of America Announces CEO Transition

Kings III today announced that as part of a thoughtful succession process, Dennis Mason will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer and transitioning to Senior Advisor. Norm Nelson, who has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2018, will succeed Mr. Mason as CEO.

Apple iPhone Setting Ties Up 911 Call Centers

A recent news story highlights how an iPhone safety feature may be adversely affecting 911 call centers. Here's what property managers should be thinking about when it comes to their own onsite emergencies.

Kings III makes it easy as a single point-of-contact for all your emergency response needs. With expertise in line connectivity, compliance codes, equipment maintenance, and safety protocol, we offer the total package- now compatible with video and messaging systems and fixtures from a range of manufacturers.