IMS Research, part of IHS, is anticipating the demand for mass notification systems will rise dramatically following the twin tragedies of the Boston bombing and Sandy Hook school massacre.
According to IMS, the North American mass notification market will expand 30 per cent from 2013 to 2017. The anticipated spending increase to US$2.1 billion, up from US$1.6 billion, will include hardware, software, services, maintenance and installation.
Mass notification hardware includes: giant voice systems, notification devices connected to fire and life safety systems, voice modules and “help points” — free-standing columns containing a phone or intercom often marked with a blue light on top.
“From Amber Alerts on television, to school warnings over the telephone on sexual predators, MNS mechanisms have become a fact of life for most Americans,” said Paul Everett, senior manager, security and fire, for IHS, in a company release. “The need for such systems has come to the forefront because of recent high-profile crimes and terrorist acts that have affected thousands of citizens. Because of this, organizations including commercial enterprises, educational establishments, governmental bodies and military operations all are expected to adopt various types of MNS in the coming years.”