Multi-Modal Emergency Messaging

Mircom’s FleX-Net MNS / ECS Solution Offers Multiple One-Way and Two-Way Communications

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NFPA72 Chapter 24 has two classifications of emergency communication messages: "one-way" and "two-way" emergency communication.

Relying on just one type of communication can backfire in an emergency situation when that communication method could be shut off.

Each method has its strengths and weaknesses.

People Communicate in Many Different Ways

Human communication is naturally multimodal, involving modalities such as:

  • speech
  • facial expressions
  • hand gestures
  • body posture

Our Reliable Solution

The FleX-Net / OpenGN solution provides a truly integrated multi-modal solution.

FleX-Net provides the following one-way delivery methods for both in-the-building notifications as well as out-of-the-building or campus notifications:

  • Fire alarm audible and visible signals combined with intelligible emergency voice paging broadcast throughout the interior of the building
  • Mass Notification Incident audible messaging through intelligible emergency voice paging broadcast equipment combined with MNS visible strobe signal appliances distributed in the interior of the building
  • Wide Area Mass Notification Incident audible messaging with intelligible emergency voice paging via high power speaker arrays connected to our supervised FleX-Net control units and triggered from the OpenGN workstations or FleX-Net Autonomous Control Units
  • Distributed recipient Mass Notification System (DRMNS) via our OpenGN workstation and IP servers integration with the client’s DRMNS vendor of choice

In terms of communication devices our system can handle:

  • High Power Speaker Arrays
  • Email
  • Voice mail
  • SMS text
  • Wireless radio

Government Policies That Make Flexibility A Requirement

Our customers, such as many academic institutions across North America are aware of government policies regarding crime awareness and various methods to prevent campus victimization.

For example in the USA, the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act”, commonly referred to as the “Clery Act”, requires higher education institutions to collect, report and disseminate crime data to the campus community and U.S. Department of Education; to provide timely warnings of reported crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees; and to make public their campus security policies.

We should note that NFPA 72 24.2.2 states: "This Chapter establishes minimum required levels of performance, reliability and quality of installation for emergency communications systems but does not establish the only methods by which these requirements are to be achieved."

Based on the minimum requirements of NFPA 72 Chapter 24, we know that MNS/ECS must do much more than just trigger a temporal alarm tone in the event of fire. They must signal other types of events and, more importantly, convey what actions should be taken.

This is where the "integrated multimodal" broadcasting features provided with the FleX-Net/OpenGN solution becomes valuable.


Mircom's Emergency Communication Solution

Mircom can provide you with a code compliant, reliable, flexible and open mass notification system.

Mircom has the industry experience and the complete solution to reliably protect your people and buildings.

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