n.FORM™ Mass Notification
Meeting the design requirements for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 72: Fire Alarm and Signaling and the UL 2572 standard,
n.FORM was innovated to provide superior performance in Mass Notification and Emergency Communication (MNEC) solutions. n.FORM delivers a clearer, more intelligible message and audio signal and offers greater control and flexibility - ultimately delivering a smarter and more secure system.
UL 2572 is a product certification requirement for a mass notification system and allows a system to interface with a Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP) for both fire- and non-fire-related emergencies. The n.FORM system has the capability to enhance the fire alarm annunciation as well as provide non-fire-related emergency communications such as weather- and human-related threats. n.FORM is designed to provide intelligible audible and visible communications to building occupants in order to direct them to safety
Mass Notification Criteria
In designing a Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC) system, the four critical elements are Reach, Clarity, Redundancy and Reporting:
Reach is about coverage to 100% of the intended audience to inform and instruct. Reach can be visual and/or audible throughout the entire facility.
Clarity is the degree to which the intended audience understands the message they are receiving.
Redundancy is the system’s built in fail safes. A MNEC system should be able to not only notify you of a compromise in the system but it should ensure 24/7 operability with a redundant signal.
Reporting capabilities for the system provide real time notifications should the system be tampered with, fall off-line or if the integrity of a system component is compromised. Alert messages are automatically triggered so that issues can receive immediate attention
Within the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) code 72, specific requirements for communication must be met. Specifically a Mass Notification system must provide for Acoustically Distinguishable Spaces (ADS) as well as meet the Sound Transmission Index for Public Address (STIPA) Together, these performance standards help to achieve “intelligibility” – another requirement within NFPA72.
To provide coverage to 100% of the intended audience, the overall space is reviewed and evaluated to consider each Acoustically Distinguishable Space (ADS) in order to define the appropriate zoning requirements for the client’s facilities. Identifying and understanding the local and global communication needs of the organization plays a vital role in the design strategy.
Ambient Sound and Life Safety
n.FORM Master Spec
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