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Cooper Notification’s new mass notification system meets latest industry codes and standards
Cooper Notification, a platform of Cooper Safety, has announced the launch of its in-building mass notification system (MNS) solution, called SAFEPATH MNS, or SPMNS, which meets the new Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards for MNS.
As a new standard, UL 2572 evaluates how a mass notification system performs against the 2010 edition of the NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Compliant with UL 2572 and NFPA 72 2010 codes, the SAFEPATH MNS integrates with a facility’s addressable fire alarm system (FAS) for a complete in-building MNS solution that performs both fire alarm and emergency communications functions. The SPMNS provides personnel and building occupants with intelligible live and pre-recorded voice messages that communicate what to do in response to an emergency.
“Facility managers are not only concerned about protecting their personnel and facilities from today’s complex threats, but also with understanding and complying with local and national codes and standards,” said Scott Hearn, President of Cooper Notification. “Some building owners may be overwhelmed by the new NFPA emergency communications systems codes, however, it’s important for them to understand that they can leverage their existing life safety systems with minimal upgrades and modifications. To help building owners and managers meet the latest requirements and simplify their retrofit, Cooper Notification designed the SAFEPATH MNS to interface with a facility’s existing fire alarm system.”
The SPMNS manages all audible and visual notification devices in the Emergency Communications System. It features a modular and flexible design to meet the functional requirements of Emergency Response Plans, as well as the complexities of the new codes. During a crisis event, Cooper Notification’s MNS will ensure that the highest priority notification, whether it’s a pre-recorded or live-voice message, will be sent to the appropriate audible and visual appliances.
Cooper Notification, a supplier of multi-layered Mass Notification Systems, provides critical, emergency communications for communities and facilities worldwide. With 500 MNS systems around the globe, installations include U.S. military sites; major metropolitan areas such as Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Orlando; state and federal agencies; university and college campuses; airports; and hospitals.
Integrated with one simple-to-use interface, Cooper Notification’s reliable and effective MNS solutions allow emergency officials to send event-specific instructions to multiple communication channels, including voice-sirens, indoor and outdoor speakers, digital signage, text messaging/SMS alerting, automated dialing systems, desktop alerts, and e-mail notifications. These systems play an important role in emergency alerting and information sharing among government leadership, first responders, critical infrastructure providers, businesses and citizens.