In the January 2014 issue of Building Design + Construction Magazine, there is a five-part series examining the state of K-12 security one year after the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
One of the features is an article that outlines 16 key technology-related considerations school officials should consider for their districts.
Included in the list was the need for updated mass notification systems:
“Mass notification systems — from robocalls to first responders, parents, and staff — are readily available from manufacturers, but remind school officials that, with people changing their mobile providers all the time, correct phone numbers have to be constantly updated.”
A good point, and one that can be easily achieved through Blue Alert® MNS from Code Blue, which is specifically designed for schools looking for an efficient way to detect and respond. Blue Alert MNS is a comprehensive and cost-effective incident response solution that provides a touch-screen compatible, web-based interface with easy-to-use Quick Launch Buttons that allow responders to deliver multi-layered emergency notifications. Available platforms include: email, text messaging (SMS), blue light phones, public address speakers, Facebook, Twitter, Windows and Mac OS desktop alerts, digital signs and fire panels.
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