Singlewire Software, a industry leading mass notification technology developer, and Triple Platinum Winner in the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, has entered into a strategic partnership to enhance CENTEGIX’s CrisisAlert™ system through Singlewire Software’s award-winning InformaCast® system.
The partnership extends the CrisisAlert system with additional mass communication capabilities to maximize school safety and optimize emergency response.
Districts will have the ability to communicate alerts through all InformaCast-connected devices to optimize emergency response.
InformaCast is a powerful mass notification and critical event management software that reaches people via on-premises and mobile devices when an emergency strikes, to help manage crisis situations efficiently.
By leveraging Informacast, notifications from CENTEGIX’s CrisisAlert™ wearable, lightweight badge platform can now be sent to all devices the district has integrated through InformaCast.
(See how CrisisAlert empowers confident human action in any incident with an easy-to-use solution that allows staff and administrators to immediately handle any situation anywhere on the premises. The wearable badge ensures that staff never have to worry about finding help because help will always find them. When staff feel safe and secure, they are free to focus on being productive every day. Courtesy of WFLA, CENTEGIX and YouTube.)
This includes full campus audio and visual notifications, which are crucial in emergencies as these features can notify staff of any threat on campus immediately and discretely with instructions and next steps.
This new partnership helps ensure that teachers, faculty, and staff will receive an alert from every available device and creates a better chance of minimizing the impact of an incident.
Fostering a Culture of Safety
Singlewire’s Informacast integrated with CENTEGIX’s CrisisAlert™ badges, brings innovative technologies to school campuses integral to fostering a culture of safety, while likewise allowing educators to remain focused on learning.
“The strong alignment between our CrisisAlert technology and Singlewire Software’s InformaCast platform makes this partnership ideal for providing schools with reliable notification systems through every available communication method to ensure staff and students are immediately notified of an emergency,” explains Brent Cobb, CEO of CENTEGIX.
“By joining forces, we have the ability to help schools turn their safety plans into action by creating efficient and effective responses to any crisis scenario.”
CENTEGIX’s CrisisAlert solution equips teachers and staff with the fastest and easiest way to call for help in any emergency—from the everyday necessity to the most extreme response.
The wearable, lightweight badge with a single, recessed panic button ensures that all school staff have an immediate, discreet, and easy way to call for help from anywhere on campus, without requiring an app or smartphone.
CrisisAlert does not require alterations to physical structures or electrical wiring and integrates seamlessly into a school’s existing systems. CrisisAlert is unique in its ability to deliver precise alert location, immediate audio and visual incident notifications for campus-wide incidents, full campus coverage, and 100% user adoption–built on a private network and without relying on Wi-Fi or cellular.
“School safety challenges continue to evolve and we are always looking for ways to provide powerful and effective solutions that keep teachers and students safe,” said Paul Shain, president, and CEO of Singlewire Software.
“With Centegix CrisisAlert badges tied to our InformaCast software, school staff can request assistance the moment they need it and alert the right people who will be able to assist.”
To learn more about CENTEGIX’s school safety solution, please visit the website at www.CENTEGIX.com/singlewire.
(Mobile County (AL) Public School System shared what they’re doing to keep staff and students safe this year, including using CrisisAlert. Courtesy of WKRG, CENTEGIX and YouTube. Posted on Oct 25, 2022.)
Singlewire Software, based in Madison, Wisconsin, is an award-winning software solution for fast and reliable emergency notifications, with more than 7,000 organizations in over 50 countries using the company’s flagship InformaCast platform for emergency mass notifications.
Whether it’s an active shooter, severe weather, or another crisis, InformaCast helps reach the right people with the right information to increase awareness, safety, and security.
To learn more, visit www.singlewire.com/informacast.
Singlewire Software Triple Homeland Security Winner in Fifth Consecutive Year in ‘ASTORS’
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering it’s Eighth Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
Singlewire Software (First of Three)
Best IT Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Solution
InformaCast Incident Management
InformaCast Incident Management is a centralized location where users can group certain notifications under the umbrella of an emergency scenario.
This takes every step of the alerting process, including initial alert, follow-up messages, and “All Clear” messages and puts them in one place. Organizations no longer need to search through all of their created messages to find the right ones to address a particular type of incident, and notifications can be ordered to follow the steps of their emergency response plan.
Organizations are also able to upload relevant resources into the incident hub to help give safety team members all the information and assistance they require to easily manage the situation, and can include safety checklists, building floor plans, and links to external resources like security camera feeds, reducing the need to navigate long lists or complex menus.
When the incident is over, a report is created that allows users to review how the event was managed and inform future adjustments to ensure the most effective response possible. Scenarios are surfaced within the homepage of the InformaCast interface and can be customized with colors and icons to make them instantly recognizable to whoever needs to launch a scenario.
Customizable text also allows organizations to prepare for any situation they might encounter, whether it’s an active shooter, severe weather, medical emergency or some other type of incident that impacts safety and operations.
Scenarios created using InformaCast Incident Management are part of InformaCast’s full mass notification capabilities, and messages can be sent with text, audio and visual cues to a wide range of devices and systems, including desk phone, IP speakers, mobile devices, desktop computers, and digital signage, offering organizations the best chance for reaching all their intended audience with critical information.
Organizations can also utilize InformaCast’s virtual collaboration capabilities to invite people to join video meetings via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Webex, which helps gather people quickly who can share information in real-time, assess the situation and determine the best course of action.
(InformaCast Incident Management is a mass notification and critical event management solution that offers organizations the tools they need to prepare for and manage any emergency. This includes all the alerts and resources they need to handle an event as well as reporting features to assess how well they responded to an event.. Courtesy of Singlwire Software and YouTube.)
Singlewire Software (Second of Three)
Best Mass Notification Software – Application
InformaCast Fusion is a hybrid-cloud based mass notification and critical event management platform, and one of the only mass notification systems that offers the ability to reach all of an organizations on-site and mobile devices with critical messages in a variety of ways. Live and recorded audio, SMS text, email, visual alerts and more can be sent to mobile devices, desk phones, speakers, overhead paging systems, desktop computers, digital signage and more.
Customer messages can be built to provide clear instructions and groups can be defined so the right people receive the right messages, and messages can include to links to join virtual collaboration spaces like Webex, Microsoft Teams and Zoom so key stakeholders can quickly gather, assess a situation and deploy a response.
InformaCast Fusion also offers one of the widest arrays of triggering options so mass notifications can be sent the instant something goes wrong. Panic buttons available as hardware devices, virtually programmed on phones and computers, and mobile apps offer one-touch solutions for sending out alerts. Monitored RSS and CAP feeds can be configured to automatically trigger alerts when certain criteria are met, and IoT devices with contact closures can be integrated so when the contact closure is tripped messages are activated. This helps organizations leverage every channel available, so notifications get sent out quickly and the widest possible audience receives the message.
Using messages that include text, audio, and visual cues also help make messages intrusive so no matter where someone is or what they are doing they see or hear the message, stop what they are doing, and take action to stay safe.
These alerting features form the core of InformaCast, which is also adding incident management capabilities that do more than just send out messages because while alerting people is important, it’s only one part of a safety plan.
(InformaCast Fusion is one of the only mass notification systems that allows organizations to reach all of their on-premises and mobile devices with critical messages, in addition to offering critical event management features that help handle an incident from start to finish. Courtesy of Singlwire Software and YouTube.)
Singlewire Software (Third of Three)
Best Mobile Technology Product
InformaCast Mobile Panic Button
The InformaCast Mobile Panic Button is the latest addition to the InformaCast Mobile app, giving organizations an easy way to provide personalized protection for all their people.
End users that download the InformaCast app will have access to a mobile panic button they can activate if they find themselves on their own in a dangerous situation, and once the button has been pressed, the app will provide the user with instructions on what they should do to remain safe as well as offer the ability to connect directly with the security team via a phone call to receive further assistance.
InformaCast sends a notification to the security team with information about who pressed the button and where they are located on a map, and even if the user moves, the security team will be able to track their new location.
The security team also has the ability to send follow messages or connect directly with the sender, and knowing users’ locations during an emergency can aid in assisting them to safety, as first responders will know where to send assistance, how many people are involved, and what kind of situation they’re walking into.
This functionality is ideal at college and university campuses for students walking home alone at night, in manufacturing for lone workers, and in federal and healthcare industries that might have workers walking alone to their cars late at night. The mobile panic button is just one of the many useful features available within the InformaCast app that makes triggering notifications and managing incidents easy no matter where a person is.
Messages can be sent in multiple formats including SMS text messages, push notifications, emails and audio messages, and the more formats used the more likely it is that someone sees the message quickly and takes appropriate action.
Notifications can also be sent with the option for recipients to respond to the message, to give system administrators and safety team members real-time insight into ongoing incidents.
InformaCast Mobile also offers geofencing capabilities to alert everyone within a certain area and even trigger alerts when users enter or leave a designated location.
(InformaCast Mobile mass notification software is a great solution for navigating reopening and a return from the coronavirus pandemic shut down. Courtesy of Singlwire Software and YouTube.)
*Singlewire Software has now been recognized with Multiple Awards in its Fifth Consecutive Year in the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.
Homeland Security remains at the forefront of our national conversation as we experience an immigration crisis along our southern border and crime rates that are dramatically higher than before the Pandemic across the United States.
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which came out in force, to discuss comprehensive collaborations between private and public sectors that have led to the development of intelligence and technologies which serve to protect our nation.
The continually evolving ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program emphasized the trail of Accomplished Women in Leadership in 2022, as well as the Significance and Positive Impact of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in our Next Generation of Government and Industry Leaders.
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From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection, and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware, and Networking Security – to name a few), the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION will have what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.
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