The digital switch refers to the ongoing changes to the UK telecoms network in which fibre lines are being rolled out across the country to replace copper lines.
This means the end of analogue (PSTN and ISDN) telephone services and the transition to fibre optic lines. While this is great news for internet speed, the digital switch will have a huge impact on key safety devices that will no longer be supported, including lift emergency phones.
Read more about the digital switch in our full guide which discusses the transition from analogue to fibre.
The Digital Communication Platform (DCP) provides a fully EN81-28 compliant digital solution* that offers multiple benefits: no risk of corrupted DTMF tones, full remote configuration, monitoring via the Avire Hub and a data channel for up to 4 lifts sharing a machine room.
Our proprietary cloud-based monitoring platform is continuously upgraded with customer feedback to ensure it includes the most important features for you. The Avire Hub can be used to keep records and lift data, as well as remotely program and configure any and all the Avire Ecosystem devices.
*Accessories are required for full EN81-20 and EN81-70 compliance.
The DCP gives you access to the AVIRE Hub where you can easily check EN81-28 compliance. Test calls are logged and alerts can be set up for immediate attention.
Check signal strength on site using the DCP’s in-built signal tester. The DCP can be installed in the machine room (recommended) or on top of the car if the signal strength throughout the shaft is strong.
The DCP also connects to other Avire Ecosystem devices that can provide data on lift usage statistics, lift status, compliance, remote lift tests and more.
The Digital Switch is currently underway, with completion throughout the UK planned for 2026. To find out more about how the process is being rolled out, watch this video.
We offer non-steered, roaming SIM Cards in order to provide the strongest network signal, all of the time. We manage the SIM Cards packages and renewals for you so there’s no hassle and we also provide alerts if usage becomes irregularly high. Our SIM Cards have been specifically tested for use in lifts and are M2M specific (machine to machine), this removes the risk of an “underactive” SIM Card being deregistered from the network.
Interested in finding out more about the Digital Switch and how it will affect your lifts? We have a dedicated section full of research and tips to help you better understand the impact it will have on your lifts and what you need to do ensure your emergency lift phone continues to work.
Make sure to check back often as new information is added regularly.