Texas A&M Implements Benbria for Classroom Paging

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Leading US Research University Installs Benbria Notification System and IP Speakers

Benbria, a provider of advanced notification and IP paging solutions, today announced a new deployment of BlazeCast™ at Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu) . As one of North America's largest universities, Texas A&M, with its extensive campus, is expanding the ways the university actively keeps its sizable student body, faculty and staff informed, should any unforeseen event arise. Texas A&M will use BlazeCast's IP paging functionality with Benbria's BlazePoint Talk-back IP speakers to send targeted notifications to hundreds of classrooms across the campus for added safety.
Using the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) 1.1 standard, BlazeCast integrates into Texas A&M's existing campus notification framework, to provide text-to-speech alerts across BlazePoint Talk-back IP speakers installed in the ceilings, podiums, and walls of university classrooms.

Texas A&M can address any group of speakers to ensure the right message is sent to a target area. In the future, because of the talk-back capability, administrators can initiate a conversation through each BlazePoint speaker, allowing them to get instant feedback from staff or students in different parts of the campus, particularly if a situation is developing.

"Benbria's BlazeCast system meets the unique needs of a complex campus environment such as Texas A&M," said Dr. Walt Magnussen, director for Telecommunications at Texas A&M and for TAMU Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC). "BlazeCast's ability to initiate broadcasts via the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) was essential for us. It allows BlazeCast to be seamlessly integrated into our existing systems and procedures, eliminating any added complexity when we need to issue a campus-wide message in a crisis."

"Texas A&M is one of the largest universities in the US and a leader in telecommunications and collaborative networking,” said Andrea Baptiste, CEO at Benbria. "Being able to directly address classrooms ensures students and faculty are kept informed and consequently more secure."

About Texas A&M
Opened in 1876 as Texas' first public institution of higher learning, Texas A&M University is a research-intensive flagship university with 46,000-plus undergraduate and 8,500 graduate students studying in over 250 degree programs in 10 colleges. For more information about Texas A&M please visit http://www.tamu.edu.

About Benbria
Benbria delivers unified notification applications that help organizations communicate more effectively to large and targeted groups of people. Benbria's flexible solutions enable rapid information delivery during emergencies and simplify tedious day-to-day notification tasks. Employing the latest IP and web technologies, Benbria products provide increased reach, intelligent workflow, and extend existing communication mediums. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Benbria has customers in education, government, and industry. (Additional information at http://www.benbria.com)


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