FDNY ARCS – Auxiliary Radio Communication System 

We are experts at the design, engineering, and installation of ARCS systems in New York City. Current building codes mandate all high-rise buildings in New York City to be able to connect with the FDNY using an auxiliary radio communication system, or ARCS, to give the fire department full radio communication throughout the building. 


Based on your building’s occupancy, we will design and install an ARCS system that provides crisis communication and security to all your tenants and/or clients. Our services include ARCS system design, ARCS system installation, ARCS system engineering, & ARCS system maintenance.

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FDNY Approved ARCS Systems 

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What Is ARCS? Auxiliary Radio Communication Systems (ARCS) are two-way emergency radio networks. These systems are installed in high-rise buildings for use by the fire department. ARCS receive and transmit FDNY portable radio signals throughout the building – enabling radio communication in the event of an emergency or crises.


ARCS Operate Continuously, even during power outages, and their main purpose is to assist communication via FDNY radio. The system ensures radio communication is available at all times.

What Properties Require ARCS?

Under the 2014 NYC Building Code, the City of New York requires all new construction high-rise buildings (i.e. taller than 75 feet) to install and maintain an auxiliary communication system – ARCS, in any of the five boroughs. See the full NYC ARCS Rules here, for more information. This particular in-building radio communications implementation is known as an FDNY Auxiliary Radio Communication System, or short – ARCS.

Custom ARCS Solutions: Design, Install & Maintenance

ASM Security offers complete ARCS solutions, including the design, installation and maintenance of new ARC systems. Our process includes:

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On-Site Consultation:

Our engineering team conducts an on-site radiofrequency (RF) study to learn the needs of your property.

ARCS System Design:

ASM’s in-house design team develops a custom solution for your property.

Permitting and Certification:

The ASM team manages the entire permit and authorization process, including FDNY approval.

ARCS System Installation:

ASM manages the entire installation and provides access to our network electricians and ARCS contractors.

ARCS System Maintenance:

Our team manages and monitors the system, providing yearly testing to ensure your property is up to code.

ARCS System Components

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Auxiliary Radio Communication Systems (ARCS) are

re comprised of a few common components. They include:

Base Station:

The base station, or ARCS transceiver, transmits and receives radio signals throughout the building.

Antenna Network:

A building-wide antenna system is installed that routes radio signals throughout the building. Careful engineering is required to ensure high-quality signals.

Radio Console:

The console is typically installed in the building lobby.

FDNY Requirements for ARC Systems

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Section FC 511 of the New York City Fire Code outlines the ARCS requirements for property owners. In general, property owners must follow rules for ARCS design, installation, inspection and maintenance. ARCS requirements include:

New Construction:

All new construction high-rise buildings require ARCS to be installed. According to NYC rules, all buildings 75 feet or taller are considered high-rise.

Installer Qualifications:

ARCS installations must be performed by companies with master electrician qualifications.

Inspection Requirements:

Newly installed ARCS must pass a Commissioning Test, as well as an FDNY acceptance test.

ARCS Maintenance:

ARCS must be in good working order; regular inspections and maintenance can ensure long-term performance.

Annual Certification:

The NYC Rules outline annual certification and five-year re-certification processes for ARCS. Annual inspections and certification are required. ASM offers expertise in ARCS design, installation, engineering and maintenance. For NYC property owners, ASM can help you meet FDNY and Building Code requirements.

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