YARMOUTH, Maine—Providers and integrators of emergency communication systems (ECS) face a number of challenges when trying to establish or grow markets: It’s not cheap to expand a fire alarm system into an ECS. Private companies are not required by law to have multi-faceted ECS or mass notification systems (MNS). And it’s difficult to get excited about a security system designed for worst-case scenarios that nobody really wants to think about.
PLACENTIA, Calif. and OCALA, Fla.—The final bell for students before summer vacation is like a starting bell for fire alarm installers who work in schools. They often only have that time to install a new fire alarm system or retrofit an existing one before students return in the fall.