The world’s first dynamic and adaptive emergency evacuation signage system

Dynamic and adaptive emergency signs
Vienna: Dynamic Blade

Vienna is a dynamic emergency exit sign blade. Vienna blades integrate with all fire systems and fire panels and are suitable for new construction projects and retrofits, refurbishments and system upgrades.

March 2009

Evaclite formed by Bernard McDonagh and Brian Stevens. Trialled a very early prototype of an acoustic and wireless dynamic arrow at Hilton Metropole, Park Lane London

June 2009

Evaclite is approached by Safety & Security Risk Director, Hilton Hotels to see if we can solve a problem they’re having in their European hotels. Evaclite builds a wireless acoustically triggered sounder using the acoustic technology from the Evaclite product that requires no wiring into the hotel bedrooms and thus saves disruption and costs.

2010 - 2011

Evaclite installs wireless sounder systems into 26 Hotels including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza & Garden Court Hotels.

November 2011

Start of GETAWAY PROJECT. Project GETAWAY (contract 265717) is funded under the European Union Framework 7 Transport initiative. 2.1 million euros project spread over 8 consortium partners companies.


The first trial under GETAWAY is held at the St Marys building, University of Greenwich. EvacLite’ Dynamic green arrow array signs trialled. 

2013 - 2014

Trials under GETAWAY take place of Evaclite Green Arrow and Red Cross Dynamic Emergency Exit Signs on the platform of the St Cugat Railway Station in Barcelona, owned and operated by FGC, a consortium partner of GETAWAY. (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya).


Guardian Award for Research & Impact presents to the University of Greenwich for their work on the GETAWAY project using Evaclite Dynamic Signage. Evaclite is invited to receive the award with the university’s Professor Ed Galea. The awards dinner is held at the Grosvenor House Hotel London. 


Evaclite is invited to meet Norman Baker, Home Office Minister, to congratulate EvacLite on the Award and research. 

October 2014

Evaclite invited to sit on the British Standard working committee around Dynamic Emergency Exit Signage.


British Standard BS 5266-1:2016 has first mention of controlling emergency lighting with Fire panels: Addressable fire detection systems give precise information of the location of smoke in a building. This can be used to input information to the controls of emergency lighting systems, which can enable smoke contaminated escape routes to be identified and avoided. 


US Patent awarded

Winner of ‘FIRE Product Innovation of the Year’ at the IFSEC/FIREX ‘Security and Fire Excellence Awards’.


 Achieve runner-up at the SHE awards


Achieve runner-up at the SHE awards


September 2019

Evaclite is a Finalist in the Hotel 360 Tech Revolution of the Year Awards.