Security technologies are offering several new options and capabilities that go beyond the typical uses in traditional applications.
More specifically, a mass notification system’s primary objective is to disseminate one-way communication to individuals or groups of individuals in the event of an emergency. These systems provide the fastest way to deliver a message to the masses when a crisis situation arises.
However, with advancements in software technology and successful systems integration, mass notification systems have taken on a much broader scope of functionality.
In the higher education setting, colleges and universities embraced mass notification technology early on as a way to send out emergency messages to students, staff and visitors on campus.
But, emergency communication systems aren’t just for emergencies anymore.
In fact, many colleges and universities rely on mass notification to streamline day-to-day communications, including alerting faculty members about a meeting update, informing students if a class venue has changed, reminding students of approaching or shifting deadlines, special events or a change in a professor’s office hours.
When storms hit, colleges also use notification systems to inform students of canceled classes or building closures caused by unsafe conditions, flooded parking lots and power outages.
Personal notification technology also helps college officials reach students, staff and visitors who are part of an updated database through text messages, e-mails, and social networks.
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