Anthony Smith MAES MInstSCEColleen Heard
Anthony is Managing Director and CTO of Vox Ignis Limited, a company specialising in Voice alarm and EVCS. He is a serial entrepreneur, having started AVX Systems in 1988 producing some of the first current mode induction loops and moving into networked VA in 1992 with the release of VxLAN.
The company joined with C-TEC and SigNET(AC) was formed, continuing with the PDA series loop amplifiers and completing the voice alarm at Hong Kong airport in 1997. In 1999 he developed SigTEL before leaving SigNET in 2000. In 2001 he formed Current Thinking Ltd, and developed the Easy T series loop amplifiers, and in 2003 following the publication of BS5839-9 was responsible for developing the VoCALL EVCS and the Audio Logistics Voice Alarm system, which was installed in Dublin Airport Terminal 2 in 2010.
Following the sale of the Voice Alarm and EVCS assets to Cooper Industries, he joined Cooper Fire, and was responsible for many projects including 18 temporary venue EPA’s at the 2012 Olympics and the Leadenhall Building in 2013. In 2014 he left Cooper Fire (Now part of Eaton Corporation) and set up Vox Ignis (Latin for ‘the voice of fire’) developing a fully integrated network EVCS and Emergency Assistance Alarm System, he is currently working on a new networked VAS with integrated EVCS for high rise buildings.
Anthony joined the ISCE in 1997, and joined the committee in 2004. He became a Director and President in 2013 to 2016. He is actively involved in standards and represents ISCE on BSI committees FSH12/5 (Voice Alarm and EVCS) and EPL100 (chair of BS6259) and international committees TC72wg23 (voice alarm components EN54-16, 24 and 32) and BTTF133 (EN50849).
Anthony firmly believes in the training of engineers and the dissemination of knowledge among piers as one prime objective of the Institute, and introduced the CPD certification of training courses while President.