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NSCA Launches Mass Notification Site

Changes to NFPA 72, now the National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code, including new chapter on emergency communications systems, will likely have a major effect on the commercial electronic systems industry.

Changes to NFPA 72, now the National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code, including new chapter on emergency communications systems, will likely have a major effect on the commercial electronic systems industry. To educate industry professionals on the growing mass notification and emergency communications (MNEC) market, as well as to help them determine how the code changes will affect their businesses, customers, and products, the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) has created a new website, www.mnec.org.

NSCA officials said the new site provides news, books, events, code changes, resources on UL 2572, and more related to the 2010 update of the National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code, commonly referred to as NFPA 72.

"Systems contractors have the opportunity to take the lead on intelligibility as the security and audio worlds converge," said Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director, in a statement. "The recent revisions to NFPA 72 will open up a profitable new market and NSCA wants to help integrators get involved."

Several subject matter experts who have been involved with the drafting of the new codes and standards have contributed to the resources on mnec.org. Merton Bunker, president of Merton Bunker & Associates, served as the staff liaison for NFPA 72 while working at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

"It's great to see an organization like NSCA providing this information to the industry," Bunker said in a statement. "First it was IT and security, and now the convergence of security and AV will play a critical role to the successful transition into voice audio intelligibility."

NSCA will also offer NFPA 72 educational sessions during InfoComm 2010 to help attendees understand the alignment between security and AV systems in order to meet public safety standards.

"It's great to see an organization like NSCA providing this information to the industry," Bunker said in a statement. "First it was IT and security, and now the convergence of security and AV will play a critical role to the successful transition into voice audio intelligibility."

NSCA will also offer NFPA 72 educational sessions during InfoComm 2010 to help attendees understand the alignment between security and AV systems in order to meet public safety standards.



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