A mass notification system (MNS) is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency. Organizations best served by a mass notification system include fire and police departments; emergency management organizations; federal, state and local governments; cities and communities; building owners and building management companies; and businesses that can justify its need and investment.
Such systems can improve the safety and security of an organization by providing alerts and real-time instruction during a crisis.
There are several forms of Mass Notification Systems on the market today. Many of these systems require a user database (emails, cell phone #’s) and depend heavily on data carrying networks to push notifications to their recipients. The Gamewell-FCI E3 Series Combined Fire Alarm and Mass Notification System comprising of dedicated alert strobes, digital messaging, Local Operators Consoles and a host of other attributes is a platform that by code standards (NFPA 72 Chapter 14) requires specific maintenance to ensure operability. NFPA 72 requires that the fire alarm and mass notification hardware and systems to include evacuation signals, messaging, textual signage etc. are tested each year. This ensures that the system will operate when it is needed. Other systems are not governed by a national standard (NFPA) or require stringent maintenance.
Sierra Building Systems, Inc. has successfully deployed many MNS systems with a variety of ancillary interfaces, to include giant voice, textual messaging and Wide Area Mass Notification.
The Gamwell-FCI E3 platform is the leader in this market.