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    With student safety on everyone’s mind, chances are your school, district or university is now dusting off and upgrading emergency response tools and processes on your campus(es). As new funding becomes available to plug gaps and blind spots, it’s worth noting the same school security technology that helps you minimize loss in a crisis can also improve daily operations, productivity, staff and student experiences.

    Below we highlight five common issues schools and universities face, and the tools that can solve them. Chances are your school already has many of these tools, and you could multiply their capabilities without a hefty investment.

    Which of these challenges resonate with you?

    PROBLEM 1:
    Inability to reach all audiences — teachers, students, staff, parents — instantly, no matter where they are, what they’re doing, or what their communications barriers/impairments may be.

    Applications:
    Emergencies, special events, deadlines, traffic/construction alerts, weather alerts, cancellations and more.

    Solution:
    Pre-programmed alerts that are deployed at the touch of a button in various formats and vehicles.

    Tools:

    • PC Alert
    • Audio Public Address/Giant Voice
    • LED Signage & Visual PA
    • Video Display, Digital Signage, Video Paging
    • Unified Communications & Voice Integration
    • Two-Way Radio Integration
    • Email, SMS, Pager & Social Integration

    PROBLEM 2:
    Dated equipment and tight budgets prevent you from upgrading subpar emergency and routine communications.

    Applications:
    Emergency prevention and response, plus daily communications to facilitate school operations and student activities.

    Solution:
    Justify new equipment as emergency notification expenses; (2) invest in a software solution that can maximize and integrate all equipment you already have.

    Tools:

    • Software solution to integrate all emergency communications technologies
    • PC alert
    • LED Signage, Visual PA
    • Video Display, Digital Signage, Video Paging

    PROBLEM 3:
    Ability to communicate instantly with special needs audiences (hearing impaired, non-English speakers, and more), no matter their location or what obstacles stand in the way of their attention or comprehension.

    Applications:
    Delivering time-sensitive instructions to audiences who may not see, hear or understand some communications formats.

    Solution:
    Pre-programmed multimedia alerts, issued simultaneously.

    Tools:

    • Audio Public Address
    • LED Signage & Visual PA
    • Video Display, Digital Signage, Video Paging
    • Unified Communications & Voice Integration
    • Custom Solutions

    PROBLEM 4:
    Teachers and staff need to call for help or report their status while on the move.

    Applications:
    Accountability on the playground, field trip, and other remote locations. Confirming head count, locating missing students, letting others know they’re ok, getting help on the go.

    Solution:
    Programmable “Help” or “I’m OK” buttons; real-time sharing of roll call.

    Tools:

    • Mobile app
    • Email, SMS, Pager Integration
    • Wireless Panic Button
    • Two-Way Radio Integration

    PROBLEM 5:
    Immediate but discreet communications to only certain teachers or staff.

    Applications:
    Alerts containing sensitive or private information, e.g. info that’s not yet public, medical or individual information.

    Solution:
    Ability to notify only specific recipients, without delay.

    Tools:

    • PC alert
    • Mobile app

    Need a printable cheat sheet for these and more scenarios? You’ll find it right here.

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