Virginia Tech Chooses OnAlert Displays For Part Of Mass Notification System

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known as Virginia Tech, has selected Virginia-based Inova Solutions as part of its emergency mass notification system. This month, university officials will implement more than 200 of Inova’s durable and highly visible OnAlert displays as a means to instantly communicate vital information to large groups of students, staff and faculty in public areas.

Virginia Tech’s initial project includes 220 OnAlert displays for mass notification in classrooms and common areas. When no emergency message is needed, the displays show accurate time and date to ensure synchronized school operations. The displays are powered by existing network connections using standard PoE technology. Centrally networked, the comprehensive system is easy to install, manage and send emergency messages as needed.

“OnAlert is a simple, secure way for authorized school officials to issue emergency alerts,” said Gerry Gorman, vice president at Inova Solutions. “The wall-mounted LED displays are visible from more than 100 feet, inexpensive to install and easy to operate.”

The Commonwealth of Virginia recently passed legislation requiring colleges and universities to establish comprehensive, prompt and reliable first-warning and notification plans by January 1.

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