The Different Between Mass Notification and Voice Evacuation Systems?

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What is the Difference Between Mass Notification Systems and Voice Evacuation Systems?

Mass notification systems communicate emergency situations involving non-fire emergencies to building occupants and individuals in the surrounding area of the building using audible and visual devices.  Mass notification systems are governed by NFPA 72, Chapter 24. Chapter 24 covers requirements for mass notification systems, fire alarm voice evacuation systems, fireman’s telephone and radio systems, area of refuge communications, and elevator communications.

While mass notification systems and fire alarm voice evacuation systems both use voice messaging via speakers and visible strobes to alert building occupants, the difference between the systems is the action that the systems instruct the occupants to take. The fire alarm voice evacuation systems typically instruct the occupants to evacuate the building by a pre-recorded message such as, “there is a fire, please leave building.” Mass notification systems notify occupants of other emergencies that may not necessarily require building evacuation. Mass notification systems may give specific instructions based on the type of emergency.  For example, for a tornado warning, the instructions may be to shelter in place, but for a chemical spill it may be to report to a specific safe area within the building.  For both of these emergencies, having the occupants evacuate the building would not be the best action to take.

Similar Fire Alarm System and Mass Notification System Requirements

The notification requirements for mass notification systems have the same requirements as fire alarm systems do. Speaker/strobes are most commonly used for in-building notification, with the same mounting and spacing requirements as fire alarm. NFPA 72 permits using the same notification appliances for fire alarm and mass notification purposes, but the appliance must have no marking or be marked “ALERT”. A “FIRE” marking is not permitted for notification appliances used for both purposes to help avoid confusion.

System Types

Mass notification systems are classified as in-building and wide area systems.  In-building systems provide occupant notification within a building. Buildings that require voice evacuation per the building code and have a need for mass notification as well will often install a combination mass notification systems/voice evacuation system like the Honeywell IFP-2100ECS which allows both functions to be performed by a single system.

The Honeywell IFP-2100ECS has the interconnection capability for up to 32panels. The system has two modes of operation, multiple panels covering one larger building, or multiple independent buildings. A separate network can be used for voice paging across all panels. The IFP-2100ECS supports a variety of devices, including RA2000, RA-1000 or RA-100 remote annunciators and IDP, SK or SD devices.

Solutions by Industry

We have commercial mass notification systems and voice evacuation systems for all industries including; aviation, banking and finance, cargo & logistics, data centers, education, government, healthcare, hotels and restaurants, maritime, prisons and correctional facilities, public transportation, retail, stadiums and venues.

For more information on our industrial mass notification systems can be found here and information on our voice evacuation systems can be found here.

In Closing

We hope this article helped show the differences between a mass notification system and a voice evacuation system. Here at National Security Systems we engineer, install, service and monitor all types a mass notification systems and a voice evacuation systems. Please contact us to see what our team can do for you.

Burglars and Their Habits

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Would you recognize a burglar if you saw one?!?

The past decade some serious efforts have been made to find out more about burglars and their habits. Research on the self-reported crimes of repeat burglary offenders has contributed to a comprehensive profile of the American burglar.

Burglars are Young and Dangerous

Over two-thirds of all burglars commit their first break-ins between the ages of eleven and twenty-five. Burglars are largely grouped in the sixteen to twenty-five year-old age group, with the majority clustering at eighteen to twenty-one. This means that your chances of being burglarized by a “seasoned pro” are relatively low. But it also means that the possibility for vandalism, violence and overreaction is high. In fact, over three-fifths of all rapes and one-third of assaults in the home are committed by burglars.

Family Life is Tough

Most burglars are unmarried, and many come from poor homes. However, poverty is probably not the crucial variable. Violence in the family seems to be a more accurate predictor of delinquency than poverty alone. Burglars tend to lead a lonely life with few attachments to family or friends. Many criminals live in the same neighborhoods as their victims. In fact, most break-ins occur within a five- to ten mile radius of the burglar’s own home.

How They Get In

Contrary to popular belief, fewer than ten percent of burglars pick locks. Kicking in a door or smashing a lock is by far the preferred way of gaining access for most burglars and the easiest. It also requires the least amount of skill. Most burglars say they would spend no more than ten minutes trying to open a door or five minutes for a window.

Do Drugs Increase Burglaries?

Yes! Out of all factors studied, drug use is most strongly associated with increases in residential crime. On average, 70% of all burglars use drugs within 24- to 48- hours of their crimes.

What Do Burglars Steal?

Cash                           22%

Tools                          15%

Home Furnishings   11%

Electronics                 11%

Bicycles/Parts            11%

Jewelry, Fur, Silver      8%

Guns                             6%

Here are some more numbers

Did you know that, according to the F.B.I., a residential burglary occurs once every nine seconds? The fact is, the average family has a three in four chance of being burglarized during a 20-year period! That’s the bad news but the good news is that a monitored security system is a proven way to dramatically improve these odds. Studies conducted by researchers at Temple University found that homes protected by a residential security system are 2.2 times less likely to be victimized by burglary than homes without a system. Businesses with a commercial security system cut their risk 4.6 times. So if you like those odds better, give us a call. We’ll show you how to keep you and yours from becoming another crime statistic.

What you can do today

If you’re like many of the rest of us, you may have put off installing or upgrading your security system. If that is the case, we would like to show you how easy it is to provide yourself and your family with the safety and peace of mind you deserve. Contact us today and see what a security system from National Security Systems can do for you. Please don’t let your family or business become a victim, take a moment now and look at the many solutions we have for commercial security systems, residential security systems and industrial security systems.

National Security Systems – COVID-19 Update

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National Security Systems COVID 19 Update

Your Safety is Our Priority

As an essential services organization that is committed to providing life safety security services to the communities we serve, National Security Systems will be working diligently and safely throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

Like all of you, we will be monitoring this fluid situation and striving to maintain best practice safety protocols. If you need us, we are here for you please contact us.


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Founded in 1998 Nationals Security Systems has become an industry leader in worldwide installation and service of security alarms, fire alarms, access control systems, and CCTV. National Security Systems is one of California’s largest independent alarm installation and service company. With over thirty years of protecting lives and property National Security Systems has excelled in the installation of integrated security solutions. Our installation and service departments have remained on the cutting edge of the security industry and maintained the highest standards in the industry.

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