Singlewire InformaCast® Used by Ouachita Baptist University to Send Emergency Notification to Students, Staff and Faculty

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Local Armed Robbery Suspect Approaching Campus Prompts University Officials to Lockdown Campus

It [InformaCast] worked very successfully. We were able to do a complete lockdown on our whole campus within about five minutes of initiating the alert to people.

Singlewire Software (http://www.singlewire.com), developer of innovative software for mass notification, emergency communication, paging, and regional notification, today announced the use of InformaCast by Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) for sending a campus emergency notification to students, staff, and faculty, alerting them about an emergency situation threatening the campus.

The incident, which occurred on August 24th, 2010, during class registration, involved a local armed robbery suspect that was eluding police and thought to be approaching campus. After police notified campus officials, the Vice President for Student Services at OBU activated the emergency communications system, sending the campus into lockdown.

“Once [the Vice President for Student Services] understood the situation at hand, he was able to send the alert from his computer,” remarks Rob Crockett, Network Administrator at OBU. “He was able to send an audible message with InformaCast, he was able to send text messaging, he was able to change our webpage, and send emails to all students, faculty and staff.”

OBU currently only relies on InformaCast in emergency situations. They have pre-defined scripts that can send out pre-recorded emergency messages for events like tornadoes or a fire. “During the emergency the other day, we have a pre-recorded one for a possible violent situation, that’s what was sent out. We then followed it up with ad-hoc messages to tell people that they need to go indoors. And we continued to remind people during the crisis that they need to stay indoors.”

The result was a successful and efficient emergency communication to the entire campus. “It worked very successfully,” says Crockett of the emergency notification system. “We were able to do a complete lockdown on our whole campus within about five minutes of initiating the alert to people.”

The InformaCast mass notification platform enables organizations to send a live, ad-hoc, or pre-recorded, pre-written audio and/or text message to any number of on-network and off-network systems and devices including IP phones, overhead paging systems, digital media displays, desktops, cell phones, social media sites and more. When federated with InformaCast Director, it can be used as part of a regional notification system by public safety management agencies. It is typically deployed as part of an organization’s data and voice IT infrastructure.

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About Singlewire Software

Singlewire Software, based in Madison, WI, develops and supports innovative voice applications centered around secure, fast, and reliable mass notification capabilities. Its main application offerings include: InformaCast, InformaCast CK, InformaCast Director, PushToTalk, and RemotePhoneControl.

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