Gamewell debuts ‘robust’ mass notif. solution

Solution is designed to comply with DoD’s Unified Facilities Criteria and 2009 edition of NFPA 72 code
SSN Staff  - 
Monday, December 1, 2008

NORTHFORD, Conn.--Gamewell-FCI’s new mass notification solution, released in October, builds on its “E3 Series” line of Expandable Emergency Evacuation systems, with components such as an LOC (local operating console), back-lit signage, high-threat switches, amber strobes, special speakers and giant voice, which when all combined with the E3 series system forms a “really effective mass notification system,” said John Weaver, director of marketing for Gamewell-FCI.

“The key thing is that it coordinates the emergency communication function,” he explained. The LOC provides onsite supervision of the voice and notification appliances, something that will be required in the 2009 NFPA 72 code, the code that governs mass notification systems. The system can deliver alerts in real time via pre-recorded messages, live voice paging, text to a variety of displays and fire fighter phones. The system will continue to function even if some components are damaged. The phones, said Weaver, are a “unique feature to make it a true mass notification system that has local-operator control.”

The E3 series can serve as a “side car” audio mass notification system when it is integrated with other brands of fire alarm systems, Weaver noted.

“The E3 is expandable and scalable,” Weaver added and is unique in the industry he said, because it requires “only a single pair of wires” or fiber optic cable to connect all nodes and command centers.