The What, How, and Why Regarding Mass Notification Systems
A mass notification system (MNS) is a platform that sends one-way messages to get important information to a large number of people. Familiar attention-getters such as fire alarms and tornado sirens are MNS, as is the Amber Alert system.
There are many other situations in which an MNS can be vital—natural disasters, medical and public health emergencies, building or business health and safety incidents, IT or network outages, cybersecurity threats, workplace violence threats, and active shooter situations, among others.
The wide range of situations in which an MNS is used is paralleled by the diversity of organizations that use them, including:
- Building/business owners and managers
- Medical facilities
- Emergency management agencies
- Public safety agencies
- Federal, state, and local government agencies
These and other organizations use MNS to enhance the safety and security of their people, facilities, and businesses. An MNS gives them the ability to provide real-time information at the onset, during, and after an emergency situation occurs.
For instance, an MNS is used to communicate with building occupants when a fire alarm is triggered. The message can tell them which exits to use and/or avoid, where to gather outside the building, and the ongoing status of the emergency response action. When the situation has been resolved, the MNS can notify the occupants of next steps— stating it’s okay to return to the building or that they should go home and wait for further instructions are some of the many notification options.
MNS can be activated by human intervention, sensing devices such as smoke or gas detectors, and monitoring systems such as security systems. Alerts can go out using several avenues including prerecorded phone calls, text messages, emails, and social media. An effective MNS requires a reliable communications infrastructure with enough bandwidth to deliver thousands of messages.
Brady Integrated Security is here to help you implement or upgrade an MNS for your organization. We provide comprehensive solutions and options including:
- Custom designed MNS for small, medium, and large facilities
- On-premises server-based systems and cloud-based systems
- MNS integration with existing security systems
- Geo-targeted alerts on the fly with an interactive map interface
- Pre-configured alerting groups in alignment with your communications plan
- Grouping by buildings or functional areas
- User-based alerting with active directory or LDAP integration
- Subscribed lists for mobile apps
Our goal is to ensure you have an MNS that helps you enhance the safety and security of your organization. Reach out to us using the form below to schedule a complimentary consultation with our team of building security specialists.
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