The New Mass Notification Standard: UL 2572
Here’s some background on mass notification systems, and the UL testing standard(s) that apply to them.
UL wrote a standard that laid out what is required of these technologies – and how they would be tested. UL 2572 is similar to UL 864, the standard to test fire alarm control units. UL 2572 sets the criteria for how the control units for mass notification systems will be designed and tested. Not only will the control units be tested, but all of the peripheral supporting equipment that will be connected to the control units will be tested as a complete system.
This equipment standard, which is an American National Standard, covers the construction, performance, operational testing, and production line testing of the control unit plus all components, including the speaker arrays and distributed recipient mass notification components. The products covered by UL 2572 are intended to be used in combination with other appliances and devices to form an emergency communication and/or mass notification system. These products are intended to communicate critical information within buildings and/or outdoor areas about emergency situations that may endanger the safety of the occupants of an area or facility.
For now, if there’s a property owner that is not required to have a fire alarm system in their building, but wants mass notification, the UL 2572 standard will apply to the technology they may want to use. A stand-alone mass notification control unit can be listed to UL 2572; it doesn’t need to be listed or tested to UL 864.
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