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NSCA at InfoComm 2011

May 19, 2011 10:56 AM

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Member Appreciation Reception
3 to 5 p.m.
June 16
Booth #543
NSCA members: Visit the NSCA booth anytime on Wednesday, June 15, during show hours or Thursday, June 16, before 3 p.m. for an NSCA t-shirt and your ticket to the Member Appreciation Reception. Enjoy drinks and the company of your fellow industry professionals as NSCA recognizes 20 of the industry’s up-and-coming Movers & Shakers, the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and more during this casual networking opportunity.

Industry Charity Concert featuring the Drunk Unkles
9 to 11 p.m.
June 16
B.B. King’s Blues Club
Join your peers for blues and booze as industry band the Drunk Unkles rock the house once again. Enjoy some great music, grab a drink, and mingle with your friends in the industry. Proceeds from the event support the NSCA Education Foundation. Stop by the NSCA Zone, booth #543, for your free pass.

Policy to Drive Mass Notification & Emergency Communications Systems

The latest Market Intelligence Briefing (MIB) report, Mass Notification & Emergency Communications Systems Market, from the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) identifies the advantages and obstacles that systems integrators and technical/design consultants face as they enter this emerging market. It also shows that policy, regulations, and standards will demand compliance and provide further opportunities for systems integrators to expand their offerings and forge strategic partnerships.

Although life safety and fire alarm integrators have had a stronghold on this market for some time, traditional AV integrators are becoming more engaged and partnering with these firms due to recent changes to the standards for speech intelligibility required by the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The 2010 update, commonly referred to as NFPA 72, placed a greater emphasis on the intelligibility of voice messages and visual notification as domestic terrorism fuels the need for heightened public security measures. NSCA’s report shows that the majority of integrators (74 percent) and consultants (67 percent) surveyed have been involved in this market in the last three years, although revenue from it accounted for just 14 percent of the total.

While the revenue may not be a major factor yet, policy is driving the demand for this market. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 mandates that all educational facilities be capable of immediately notifying all personnel in the case of an emergency. The U.S. Department of Education and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also regulate initiatives related to Mass Notification & Emergency Communications (MNEC) systems.

The MNEC market goes beyond the one- and two-way emergency communications systems that currently dominate the industry’s applications. MNEC requires integrators and technical/design consultants to interface with a diverse group of professionals, including architects, electricians, engineers, IT consultants, and security managers. Survey respondents noted that the greatest obstacles to this market are the Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), who are either uninformed or not up-to-date on standards that should be included in specifications.

Growth of this emerging market is fueled by demand for increased emergency notification and life safety applications in public venues. Accordingly, a strong majority (86 percent) of respondents who are currently involved in the market expect demand to increase during the next three years.

NSCA’s quarterly MIBs provide NSCA members with current data on key industry issues complete with statistical results, interpretation, implications, market knowledge, and implementation goals. NSCA members can obtain a free copy of the full report at

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