Guest Blog SpotlightIn this guest blog article, our partners from Barix will share how organizations can enhance their fire alarm panel’s alerting capabilities by integrating with mass notification software.
Bridging the Gap Between Fire Alarm Panels and Mass Notification SystemsMass notification systems (MNS) are commonly used to notify large groups of people in the event of an emergency or to share non-critical information such as school bells, routine reminders, and overhead paging announcements.
Fire alarm systems are mandatory in most public buildings around the world. In the last few years, audio announcement systems have become more sophisticated and installed in many locations in such buildings and there’s increasing demand to integrate fire alarm systems with these third-party notification systems.
Because of their different requirements, fire alarm systems and modern notification systems will always be separate structures. However, there is a clear need for bridging the two together to augment emergency alerts in an effort to increase situational awareness and positive safety outcomes.
The Importance of Multi-Modal NotificationsAn ideal mass notification system should provide multi-modal notifications and integration capabilities with disparate communication systems and services, like fire alarm panels.
Organizations also need tools to effectively manage in-building communication, incident response & reunification, as well as coordinated effort with local 911 dispatchers and first responders; all of which are key to saving lives.
Multi-modal notifications help reach people located within the building and beyond the building by simultaneously delivering alerts to disparate systems such as overhead speakers, strobes, digital signs, IP phones, desktops, email, mobile recipients, social media channels, and more. In addition, integrating control systems and fire alarm panels can help communicate an emergency such as a fire, and protect an organization and its people.
When these solutions work together, they significantly narrow the time between detection and incident resolution.
Partnering Together to Improve Positive Safety Outcomes: Barix and IntradoOrganizations should consider enhancing their fire alarm system’s alert capabilities with mass notification software such as Intrado Revolution. Revolution integrates with fire alarm panels via certified contact closure hardware, such as the Barix Barionet device. Barix is the proven solution to build the bridge between fire alarm panels and digital communication systems like Revolution.
Here’s How It Works:
When a fire alarm is activated, the Barionet reads the alarm which subsequently triggers a Revolution notification. Revolution then broadcasts audio/visual alerts to all devices and third-party services associated with the notification, such as overhead speakers, strobes, desktops, digital signs, IP phones, mobile devices, SMS and more.
In addition to the fire alarms, MNS integration widens your notification reach by being able to broadcast attention-grabbing alerts to endpoints that are not natively compatible with your fire alarm system. This helps drive situational awareness which gets people to evacuate the building faster and ultimately saving lives.
Activating Third-Party Systems Using Barix & RevolutionThe Barionet triggers Revolution when a contact closure is opened or closed. It can also be used to activate third-party systems such as access control systems, alarms, and strobes. This gives customers multiple ways to manage their systems, including those that do not have a “native” integration with Revolution!
Here’s How It Works:
The Barix Barionet device serves as an endpoint in your Revolution notification. Revolution sends a notification to the Barionet, which triggers the contact closure action to enable or disable the third-party system connected to the Barionet (i.e. activating a strobe light or locking/unlocking doors with an access control system).
To learn more about Barix, please visit www.syn-apps.com/certified-endpoint-partners/barix or by phone at 1-866-664-6071.
About Our Guest AuthorsDavide Nossa is an audio and control expert in both the analog hi-fi world and IP technology. He established himself in a renowned music recording studio as an engineer and has gained extensive experience in installations plus a business background in technical sales. His experience in customizing solutions for individual architectures is valued by the people that talk with him. Today he is driving multiple forward-looking product developments at Barix, including the Barionet for the Intrado environment. Contact Davide at email@example.com
About BarixSince 2001, Swiss Barix AG engineers deliver leading-edge solutions in audio and control over IP for worldwide clientele. Barix holds multiple patents in this area. The company’s strengths are its expertise in IP technology, the speed in developing new solutions and the competent support which helps OEM and system integrators to deliver system concepts and solutions that are fast implemented, reliable and very cost effective.
Barix products and its knowledge spectrum addresses a wide area of standard and specialty applications including intercom, paging, broadcast, audio transport, audio recording, intelligent audio analysis and sound recognition.
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