American Signal Corporation (ASC), a Milwaukee-based company that develops a variety of sirens and emergency alert systems, and Two-Time Winner in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is sounding the alarm – warning against a shortsighted approach to municipalities that have begun to abandon traditional siren systems in favor of reliance on only email and mobile phone alerts.
ASC’s emphatic defense of traditional outdoor sirens comes on the heels of recent, misguided transitions away from tornado sirens.
Some counties are opting instead to solely use a mass notification technology that relies on cellphone, text, email and landline alerts.
ASC believes the move is ill-advised and a mistake that could prove hazardous for their citizens.
“When municipalities abandon sirens in favor of new technology, they’re not taking into account the situations when cell phones are either unreliable or unavailable,” said Richard Roe, Executive Vice President at ASC.
“The recent wildfires in California are one of the many relevant examples.
In fact, most SoCo Alert calls failed to connect in the first hours of the Sonoma County wildfires, leaving area residents in tremendous danger.”
(KPIX CBS SF Bay Area reports on Sonoma County supervisors meeting to discuss report on fire alert plan failures. Courtesy of KPIX CBS SF Bay Area and YouTube. Posted on Feb 27, 2018.)
In the wake of the fires, Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services faced significant criticism for failure to notify residents in a timely manner.
Residents had to first register with the county to have SoCo alerts sent to a mobile phone via call, text or email.
For many residents, their first warnings of the fire came from their neighbors or their own visual confirmation.
The fires killed 24 people and destroyed approximately 5,130 homes.
“We believe mass notification should be a layered approach,” explained Roe.
“We are proud siren manufacturers but are also innovative on the software side.”
“Our CompuLert NEXGen system manages all layered approaches of mass notification, including sirens, notifications, texts and emails.”
“The solution for municipalities should be not to abandon sirens, but to support them.”
(Learning from failures in last year’s Wine Country wildfires, Sonoma County recently tested a new wireless emergency alert system, but it got mixed results. Courtesy of KPIX CBS SF Bay Area and YouTube. Posted on Sept 12, 2018.)
OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS
In order to provide citizens with the most effective outdoor warning sirens possible, cities, municipalities, universities, industrial plants and nuclear power plants around the world trust American Signal Corporation as the highest standard in outdoor notification equipment and systems.
The i-FORCE by ASC is designed for community, DOD applications, colleges, universities, industrial, nuclear, petrochemical, or other applications that require high levels of sound pressure level output with superb acoustical performance and brilliant voice notification broadcasting.
The i-FORCE sirens can be activated individually or in dynamic groups from a central point using Ethernet, satellite, radio, cellular or landline.
“Locally stored” messages at the sirens greatly enhance intelligibility tones or pre-recorded voice messages.
The electronic control decoders are programmable for various tone out protocols. Any of 10 standard or optional customized tones can be activated.
The latest in innovative emergency notification products from ASC. Developed with over 35 years of alerting and voice notification experience, the E-Class is a high powered configurable voice/siren.
The E-Class high powered voice/sirens are fully configurable for a wide range of alert signal tones as well as highly intelligible pre-recorded or live voice directions for community, industry, or DOD Mass Notification applications.
ASC can also provide all electronic control components such as the Siren Control, (Telephonic – or – Radio – or Satellite) Decoder (optional), pre-wired at the factory.
This factory wiring maximizes efficiency and accuracy, resulting in reduced installation time and cost.
Outdoor warning sirens and relay systems available from ASC represent the pinnacle for mass notifications and early warnings, and encompass all variables that may affect the safety and wellbeing of those who rely on them.
From national weather service storm warnings to complete solutions for emergency and mass notifications, ASC’s outdoor alert technologies set the tone for worldwide safety.
AMERICAN SIGNAL CORPORATION’S PREMIER CENTRAL CONTROL PLATFORM FOR ALL MASS NOTIFICATIONS.
ASC’s system has been purposefully built to provide the ultimate mobility, reliability, and performance as an industry-leading mass notification platform.
Cloud enabled, available as SaaS (Software as a Service), or on premises, CompuLert™ NEXGen is the only multi-threat detection multi-channel mass notification platform capable of interfacing with virtually any threat detection device and communicate life safety information over a myriad of technologies.
CompuLert™ NEXGen sets itself apart in any further mass notification system comparison:
CompuLert™ NEXGen’s architecture was developed to support large, nationwide disaster management and emergency communications systems, down to individual small cities and villages.
It provides our clients – and system integrators – with the ultimate capabilities to develop specific, robust solutions.
CompuLert™ NEXGen is a powerful mass notification platform, capable of seamlessly integrating critical communications systems with distributed data collection and sensing equipment, to provide custom life safety solutions.
WHAT CAN COMPULERT™ NEXGEN DO?
INTEGRATED SENSING CAN INCLUDE:
- Wind speed detection
- Radiation detection
- Chemical detection
- Water level detection
- Lightning detection
In a mass notification system comparison, no other system offers this level of functional integration.
(Learn More about the updates and benefits of CompuLert™ NEXGen. Courtesy of American Signal Corporation and YouTube. Posted on Jan 12, 2017.)
Building upon CompuLert’s 30-year reputation of proven reliability, CompuLert™ NEXGen has been designed to support Fault Tolerant deployments.
Its N-Tier platform architecture supports distributing service layers across physical hardware and geographical locations, while maintaining data integrity and providing fault tolerance.
As the command and control hub for mission critical “life safety” systems, CompuLert™ NEXGen can be deployed in several high-availability and fault-tolerant scenarios.
The entire application can be installed on a single PC, providing industry-leading features and capabilities within budgetary constraints, or installed on one or many servers to ensure availability during man-made or natural disasters.
In a mass notification system comparison, CompuLert™ NEXGen stands out as ultimately reliable in all situations.
ASC a Double Winner in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
Best Alert Notification System
ASC Aware Desktop & IoT Alerting
*ASC is also 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner
Best Mass Notification System-Application
CompuLert NEXGen Mass Notification Platform
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American Signal Corporation (ASC) is a leading designer and manufacturer of mass notification solutions, combining advanced engineering, innovative software and state-of-the-art equipment with an extraordinary record of longevity and expertise in the field.
The company’s mission is to save lives every day.
For more information about American Signal Corporation and its siren products, visit www.americansignal.com.