Providing lockdown can be a daunting responsibility Lifebell can help

In recent times, we have seen schools and other organisations used as targets in indiscriminate attacks. Finding ways to help prevent widespread loss of life has led to ‘lockdown’ procedures becoming a part of life. Lockdown is now an essential part of most critical incident plans. Lifebell is committed to offering more effective lockdown management solutions that help schools to


  • Define options
  • Lower their costs
  • Simplify the users’ experience
  • Ensure fast and comprehensive warnings

Lifebell lockdown
A new class of security

Lockdown alerts using existing bell systems are flawed as they signify immediate evacuation – the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve – and require staff to conduct a special pattern of signals from a set location. Instead, Lifebell uses a distinct alarm and can be activated from anywhere in the school, shaving life-saving minutes off your lockdown response time.

Lifebell was developed by the audio & security experts, Anchor Sound & Security Ltd, who found an increasing need for a one-stop lockdown system to be available for school managers. Anchor’s experience as a provider of access control systems to education since the 1980s is coupled with accreditations in leading brands of data networking, CCTV products and a long history of intercom, telephone and audio control solutions.

It is the mission of Lifebell to make affordable and effective defence mechanisms available to every UK school ahead of further attacks.

Our team of consultants can develop a lockdown system
best suited for your building, call today on 0330 223 0491

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Lifebell Lockdown System Types

Lifebell IP

Lifebell IP is a POE protocol system which is cabled over the school’s network.
  • This system supports a wide range of features and functions, an area where the benefits of Lifebell’s audio and security expertise are truly discovered.
  • It includes a two-way voice (or optionally video) communication between the person who has activated the system and the system coordinator, greatly reducing the threat of false alarms, which can be disruptive and disturbing, particularly in education.
  • Enhanced functions include instant door locking pre-sets, speech announcements/tones/other everyday PA system features over IP speakers across a whole site, or in specific zones, as required.

Lifebell Wireless

Lifebell Wireless is a revolutionary cable-free alerting system.
  • A cable-free rapid-deployment alerting method which offers a reliable and cost-effective solution in most scenarios.
  • This system provides schools with the huge advantage of avoiding the need to install dedicated cabling. This means that the project can be achieved faster and at a lower budget.
  • The call points and sounders are battery-powered and can be installed in any area up to 60 devices per site. Designed for projects requiring basic alert functionality only, this system delivers a sitewide alert by an alarm or a recorded voice message.
4 levels of Lifebell
  • Emergency lockdown alarm buttons sitewide using wireless technology
  • Alerting by distinctive tone/recorded message through wireless applications
ip cabled
  • Emergency lockdown alarm buttons sitewide on school network points
  • Alerting by distinctive tone/recorded message through IP speakers
  • PA system for announcements & control
ip cabled
  • Emergency lockdown alarm buttons sitewide on school network points
  • Alerting by distinctive tone/recorded message through IP speakers
  • PA system for announcements & control
  • Two-way communication help points for relaying information to school management
ip cabled
  • Emergency lockdown alarm buttons sitewide on school network points
  • Alerting by distinctive tone/recorded message through IP speakers
  • PA system for announcements & control
  • Two-way communication help points for relaying information to school management
  • Integration with access control for automatic set or release of electric door locking/gate locking devices

Lifebell lockdown process

system in action

Lockdown Stopwatch: 1 Second


In the event of a potential attack, a Lifebell call point can be activated by anyone by simply pressing one of the colour coded Lifebell break glass buttons which are located throughout the building.

Lockdown Stopwatch: 2 Seconds


On activating the button, a voice call is immediately placed from the Lifebell call point to the Lifebell control point. This can be one or more of the control handsets. At the same time, a distinctive lockdown alarm/message can be programmed to immediately sound throughout the premises if desired, which enables the entire site to follow the school’s lockdown procedure.

Lockdown Stopwatch: 3 Seconds


The person who activated the alert can then immediately describe the threat to the operator and say why they have pressed a Lifebell button. An optional video facility can also be used to make a visual assessment.

Lockdown Stopwatch: 10 Seconds


The operator takes appropriate action to manage the crisis, including possibly changing the alarm tone/message to the higher alert level to ensure all personnel have adopted their lockdown position.

Lockdown Stopwatch: 15 Seconds


Additional pre-set buttons on the handset allow activation of the automatic down locking, gate locking, blinds, shutters, etc according to the system design.


During an extended lockdown, voice commands and PA messages can be communicated over the PA system. It is also possible to partially deescalate a dynamic lockdown using this method.


Once the threat is over, or the cause of activation has been remedied, a further button can be pressed to sound an all-clear. The locking system can be cancelled from a button at the Lifebell control point handset, and the call point break glass button can be manually reset.



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Frequently asked questions

System design can take just a few days from initial meeting to installation. The fastest route is the Lifebell wireless system which doesn’t require full cabling. Implementation times are quickest in establishments where the client has a clear lockdown procedure in place and a critical incident team readily arranged and available for decisions. Click here for more help on how to develop a lockdown procedure policy.
Our team of consultants can develop a lockdown system by analysing a client’s lockdown procedure and attaining advanced knowledge through a series of discussions with the critical incident management team. We use building plans, data network diagrams and a physical site survey to ascertain what system is most suitable for any situation. There is a scale of charges for the size and complexity of the system. Usually, this averages around £3.50 per pupil covered. On many occasions, charges are built into the Lifebell package, so any design charge is in effect refundable at the installation stage.
Although we don’t offer finance packages ourselves, Lifebell has strong relationships with leasing firms who can be introduced to clients wishing to spread the cost of installation (remember to check your organisation’s procurement rules).
Consult your county council or the National Counter Terrorism Security Office. Lifebell aims at prevention of loss of life in the event of any single future attack and does not offer guidance on the likelihood of a critical incident occurring. We like to think that Lifebell schools are safer schools, but the assessment of risk and any decision to invest always lies with the client.
Lifebell packages come complete with an annual service plan which typically costs as little as £1.50 to £2.50 per device (call point or speaker) per month to maintain, plus battery changes with wireless systems. A typical system with 15 devices will, therefore, cost from £270.00 year to maintain. Lifebell advises that regular testing of the systems is carried out by the client as well as the annual service by a technician.
Although we do build bespoke systems from component form here in the United Kingdom, Lifebell does not limit the choice available to clients by limiting ourselves to these own-built products. We frequently use other manufacturers to ensure that the best system is developed for each situation, establishment and client.
Lifebell can arrange equipment demonstrations either at their technical centre venue or at client’s premises. Contact [email protected] to arrange.