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  • Low-Cost, High-ROI: Enhacing Emergency & Communications Technologies You Already Own

  • Your communications with staff, customers and other audiences could be better, but resources are tight.

    Your emergency notifications aren’t efficient, but it’s not in the budget to improve them now.

    Your crisis preparedness is questionable, but your money’s tied up elsewhere.

    We get it. You need to prioritize investments and hold off on some wish list projects.

    Could we share the perspectives of some organizations who’ve been where you are?

    One health system we worked with had a tight budget too. But without adequate technology integrations, the system spent about 4 hours each day trying to fill open nursing shifts. Similarly, another medical center didn’t have an efficient way to instantly notify on-call staff or communicate critical codes and emergencies, so everything took longer.

    A couple of schools came to us because they wanted to instantly communicate with deaf and blind students. After all, having a student miss out on critical instructions because they couldn’t hear, see or understand the message is neither safe, compassionate, nor good for business.

    Yet another school sought us for district-wide paging. They didn’t want to replace existing intercom/paging systems, which would’ve cost $100K+ for the entire district. Instead, we added an LSI layer to integrate those existing systems and create district-wide paging capability at a very low cost.

    One automotive supplier came to us because it feared employees might be harmed if they couldn’t communicate efficiently in an extremely noisy environment.

    In each case, these were organizations with tight resources, who realized three things:

    1. Failure to enhance routine and emergency communications was actually costing them money, not saving it.
    2. Big improvements don’t require big investments. Rather, they could increase the capabilities of tools they already had, just by integrating those technologies.
    3. Big improvements also don’t require massive technology revamps. They can start small, with a couple of simple integrations, and scale over time.

    Let us be clear: You don’t have to replace technology systems to massively improve their capabilities.

    In reality, most technologies used for routine, mass or emergency communications have the potential to be integrated, including:

    • Audio PA/Intercom
    • Email, SMS Texting, Pagers, Browsers
    • LCD Panels
    • Digital Signage
    • LED Signage
    • Visual PA
    • Mobile App
    • PC Alert (Pop-ups)
    • Phone System
    • Fire Alarm Systems
    • Security Cameras
    • Two-Way Radios
    • Door and Card Access
    • Wireless Panic Buttons

    When integrated, audible communications gain visual components and vice versa, and you gain a slew of automations you can manage from a central dashboard and deploy with just a click or two.

    “I’d tell any organization thinking about integrating and layering their security and communications systems — it’s a wonderful solution,” said Kevyn Brown, recently retired from his role as facilities manager at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. “Find someone with a passion for security and technology, and have them be your implementor.”

    >> What might this integration look like in your organization? Request a demo and learn what’s possible.