MENOMONIE, Wis. — StrandVision LLC, a provider of hosted digital signage services, has announced a new emergency notification feature that is included with all of its paid subscription packages. Called “Emergency Schedule,” it enables administrators to create immediate or preset emergency notification content that can be recalled and activated for distribution over the StrandVision digital signage network within minutes.
The new emergency notification feature is ideal for schools and colleges, industrial and commercial operations, and retail and healthcare facilities. It offers dynamic, up-to-the-minute user-created emergency notifications of a single to several pages that can be activated for display as needed.
“The StrandVision Emergency Schedule is an important addition to any organization’s emergency notification/evacuation communications planning mix,” explained Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and chief executive. “The signage can give detailed location-specific instructions to occupants. It is ideal for fire and tornado drills and evacuations, and can also be used for other non-emergency notifications, such as to announce visiting dignitaries. Administrators have full control to design the required notices and override the normal digital signage display in order to communicate directly with viewers.”
Administrators preset emergency notifications in a password-protected area on the StrandVision digital signage console. The notices can be single or multiple, static and/or scrolling text signage pages, as well as graphic images that can include building diagrams and photos. Multiple pages can be created to present a series of instructions and/or information in multiple languages.
Once the announcements have been created, they can be activated over the Internet by any authorized administrator from any location. Secure ID and second-level password protection are part of the Emergency Schedule package. In less than a minute, all of the selected screens switch over to the emergency messages mode. The Emergency Schedule notification feature allows organizations to schedule emergency notices, then deactivate those notices and return to the normal signage content pages.
Since StrandVision digital signage is a hosted system that communicates directly with individual signage screens, groups of screens, entire sites and even multiple locations, administrators can precisely select the screens that carry the emergency notices (based on the groupings that they define within their StrandVision subscription account). Notices can give precise exit instructions for particular locations, display different information to different locations or activate notices at different times for rolling fire drills or other situations.
StrandVision Emergency Introduction content pages can be inserted into the normal page mix to announce upcoming evacuation drills or other anticipated events. Emergency Introduction can also override all of the pages in the normal StrandVision digital signage mix and display only the selected emergency notices. For installations that use audio, attention-grabbing sound effects are played with the emergency announcements.