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Emergency Alert Signage For Educational Environments

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The application of Digital Signage Systems are being integrated into more and more public spaces each year. School districts and higher education campuses want to provide their students with the highest form of safety possible in the event of an emergency. Emergency alerts in educational environments are a powerful and effective way to display current information, immediately. Not only can the alert display information on the emergency, but it can also display the recommended course of action. 

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Omni Safety, Security, and Communications All in One

Recent emergency events such as school shootings have shown that emergency communication systems need to be more than just audio PA because a fire alarm can drown out an audio announcement. An emergency communication system needs to be both text and audio, as well as have cameras and signal lights to be more effective. But putting all of these different types of devices and systems into an organization can be prohibitively expensive. Thats why MessageNet is introducing the new Omni device an all-in-one room appliance that is designed to have all of these features and more in one low-cost, easy-to-install device.

The Omni comes with built-in flashers, a high-definition LCD screen, speakers, and a camera. It can connect to external devices such as wireless panic buttons via Bluetooth. Its easy to install it mounts on the wall and doesnt require pulled cable because it plugs in with a PoE power injector that plugs into the wall and connects to the network wirelessly, although a wired Ethernet option is available if desired. It can even plug into a dedicated LCD via HDMI to project the contents of the built-in LCD onto a larger screen. The Omni also has a built-in battery backup so that the device can still function for a time in the event of a power loss.

With the Omni device, organizations can save on both the cost of the device and on the cost of installation while still getting the same features and benefits of the separate communication systems. For more information, visit the Omni web page by clicking here.

Complete Guide to the User Database Manager

Complete User Database Manager

User Directory Navigation

  • Browse: Click to browse a full list of all users
  • Find: To find a user by name, clear out the last name or first name field, enter the appropriate name, then click find. If there are multiple users with that same first or last name, make sure the cursor is in the field that you used to search, then click Next.
  • Previous: Click to navigate to the previous user record the system sorts users alphabetically by either first or last name, depending on which field contains the cursor.
  • Next: Click to navigate to the next user record.
  • Save: Click to save changes to a user record.
  • Save As New: Click to save a new user. Note that the PIN/User ID must be changed to create a new user record.
  • Delete: Click to delete the user record.
  • Clear: Click to clear out all fields.
  • Com Ctrl: Click to navigate to the Comm Control screen. See How to Change Comm Control Preferences.
  • Ctrl List: Click to navigate to the Sys User Database Access List to change which users have access to the User Database Manager.
  • Check Boxes: Next to several fields, there is a check box selecting this check box will allow the user the ability to change that field themselves.
  • Question Mark: The question mark icon will display more information about the field its next to if you mouse over it.

User Directory by Field

    The required fields to create a new user are: Last Name, First Name, Directory, PIN/User ID, Password, Sign Group, and Class.

  • Last Name: This is the users last name.
  • First Name: This is the users first name.
  • Initial: Enter an initial if the user has the same name as another to differentiate.
  • Directory: Select a Message Directory to be the users default directory. This will be the directory that automatically loads when the user clicks on the Message Dir tab.
  • PIN/User ID: This is the users unique ID, which is used to log in to the MessageNet system.
  • Password: Enter the users password, which will be used to log in to the MessageNet system. Note that if a user forgets their password, for security reasons, MessageNet Support staff cannot reset the password. That must be done by the on-site system administrator.
  • Courtesy Title: Select the courtesy title for the user. This does affect the Gender field if Ms. is selected here, Male cannot be selected for Gender.
  • Sign Group: If the user has a sign or other public device that can be used to contact the user, select its sign group here. Because this is a required field, if the user has no sign group, select No Signs.
  • Class: Select the user&#82

Secure Emergency Communication Systems Prevent Misuse

The recent increase in school shootings (more school children have died in the US this year as of writing than service members in the military) has also seen an increase in perpetrators making use of the schools emergency communication system for their own nefarious purposes. The suspects at both Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, and at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, pulled the fire alarm, causing students and staff to leave their classrooms, believing there to be a fire drill. In both cases, the very systems designed to keep students safe were instead used against them.

While the fire alarm is easy to access via its pull stations, its not the only system vulnerable to unauthorized usage. Most perpetrators of school shootings have been current or former students, or have other ties to that school. Therefore, they are more familiar with the schools security and could know the number for the PA system and dial it, either to use it themselves or to prevent security or school administrators from using it. As more violent incidents at schools occur, the more future shooters can learn from the techniques of those who came before them.

It is vital to secure the emergency communication system from unauthorized usage. While this may be impossible for certain parts of the system, such as the fire alarm pull station or even the PA, the system as a whole should be protected with user log in and passwords, as well as different classes of user to restrict which users have access to what features as needed. This in addition to using multiple methods of communication could help prevent further misuse of emergency systems. For example, if students and staff are expecting any emergencies or drills to be announced with both audio and visual PA, it would be easier to know that something was wrong and that it wasnt a real alarm if they heard only the fire alarm.

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Ill. College Adopts Mobile Safety App

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Southern Illinois University Edwardville is using the mobile app for its unique campus design.

Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), a software partner for campus and public safety, announced that Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has deployed the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App to increase protection for its more than 16,500 students, faculty and staff. 

Rave's Guardian App - which the university has labeled “SIUE-Safe”- is the first and most proven technology of its kind, protecting students at more than 1,200 higher education institutions across the United States.

The Rave Guardian Campus Safety App, a patented application which uses Rave's public safety-grade infrastructure and technology, transforms mobile phones into personal safety devices that engages an entire campus community in safety and policing efforts. It greatly improves communication and officials' ability to respond to incidents and protect students, faculty, and staff by delivering critical information in real-time, according to the company.

Rave Guardian lets users create a virtual safety network of friends, roommates, family and campus safety. Users can then set a “Safety Timer” session. Once activated, “personal guardians” in a virtual safety network can monitor a user's status updates and location, and be notified at assigned check-in times. If the timer expires, or the user initiates a panic call, Rave Guardian automatically notifies trusted safety resources on campus.

Additional features of Rave Guardian include anonymous tips or messaging, a fast connect button feature and opt-in safety profiles to improve emergency response.

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