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Omnilert Adds One-Click Emergency Response
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Next week at two education conferences Omnilert will be demonstrating a new one-click broadcast function for its mass notification systems. Scenario Manager, as the new feature is called, allows an e2Campus or Amerilert customer to build multiple scenarios that with a click will send out a conference call, distribute different messages via multiple means to different groups, and request status or feedback if necessary.
In the event of an intruder on a school campus, for example, the administrator could click a button on the application dashboard, which will start a multi-stage communication process: a secure outbound conference call to the emergency response team, a text message and phone call to local first responders, and a personal notification by text, phone, and email to the school community. At the same time, a mass notification could be pushed out to the school's website, computer desktops, TVs, digital signage, and social media pages, as well as to public alert systems to instruct people to shelter in place until notified otherwise.
"Scenario Manager adds a new level of sophistication in emergency response by making it possible to initiate a series of communication actions with one click. This also makes it even easier for organizations to harness the power of our interactive critical communications network to ensure resources are deployed and communities are kept safe with real time information," said Omnilert CEO Ara Bagdasarian.
e2Campus is in use at both Hitchcock and Refugio Independent School District in Texas and Smethport Area School District in Pennsylvania, among others.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.