Automating emergency preparedness plans reduces the risk of human error and eliminates scenarios where a specific person or place is required to initiate a critical event. Once an event is triggered, a well-designed mass communications system can leverage paging, public address, VoIP, and other audible and visual methods, typically used for common announcements, to distribute information. Physical security systems are more effective and efficient when integrated into a mass communications network.
For some public spaces with more stringent regulations, intelligibility standards, reporting requirements, supervision, and redundancy may be required. Certified life safety systems require features and capabilities that a typical paging or public address system may not have. Standards such as NFPA 72, UL 864, UL 1711, UL 2572, and European EN 54-16 provide specific requirements for mass notification, fire alarm signaling, and EVAC systems.
Additional resources and information about using audio and communications technologies to improve security that provide actionable takeaways such as best practices, things to look for in IP endpoints, and how IP endpoints can be used to enhance emergency preparedness plans.
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Physical security devices integrated into a mass communications system can provide enhanced capabilities and coverage compared to what they are capable of independently. When integrated security solutions detect a threat, the information is distributed through other, existing systems and technologies such as public address, digital signage, scrolling text, email, SMS text, and more to effectively and efficiently automate critical alerts when and where they are needed.