The objective of most mass notification systems are one and the same: to notify a large number of individuals in the shortest time possible.
Despite their similarity, the solutions differ in how they accomplish their objectives. As security providers, we are always looking to develop solutions to suit our customers’ needs. Providing a better solution is key to how an effective emergency broadcast system can help save lives in any kind of critical situation.
First we have to determine what systems and procedures need to be in place in order to attain the most effective results. Whether it’s a small factory floor or a large scale airport terminal, an effective and reliable Mass Notification System (MNS) is crucial to the safety and security of everyone concerned.
A Mass Notification System must be able to:
- Provide an alert to the population as quickly as possible
- Alert and inform residents in multiple areas
- Provide door lock-down for vulnerable or targeted areas
- Provide communications under conditions such as a downed telephone service.
Text messaging and audio alerts
The STENTOFON AlphaCom IP communication system enables text messaging (e-mail) or audio messaging alerts when an emergency occurs. This can be accomplished by a simple button push on any emergency substation that will automatically transmit an e-mail to numerous addresses to alert and allow for a pre-recorded emergency message to be broadcasted over a wide area. Additionally, the AlphaCom can be used to send or receive data commands to the access control system for door lock-downs to contain the spread of the emergency.
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