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Emergency communications systems not mainstream—yet

Regulations and social media may quicken ECS buy-in
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03/26/2015

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.

Fire company helps school with low-cost security solution

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08/14/2013

ESSEX, Conn.—After the shootings last year at a school in Newtown, another Connecticut school district wanted to increase security but had only a limited budget. What to do?

School vacation = work for fire alarm installers

Summer ‘busiest time of year for school contractors.’
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07/07/2011

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.