Inova Solutions Announces Upgrade To Mass Notification System For College Campuses

Inova Solutions, a provider of emergency message displays, recently released an upgrade to its visual mass notification system, Inova OnAlert. The enhanced system offers e-mail-based message delivery, audible tones to complement visual messages, and a synchronized timekeeping function.

The OnAlert system provides instant campus-wide mass notification by broadcasting emergency messages on power-efficient LED displays, allowing administrators to publish ad-hoc messages to the signs. Authorized campus safety personnel simply send a concise e-mail to a designated e-mail address. The body of the e-mail message then scrolls across multiple PoE message boards throughout campus.

OnAlert’s e-mail message delivery function can be configured to work simultaneously with other e-mail and SMS/text messaging systems.

“It is vital that multiple notification modes work well together,” said Berkly Trumbo, director of rmergency communication Systems at Inova Solutions. “Emergency situations are no time to juggle multiple message delivery systems and cumbersome procedures. OnAlert allows the same email message that triggers text messages and traditional mass emails to also display on LED signs throughout campus.”

Among other recent improvements to OnAlert is the ability to play a brief audible tone when a new emergency message is displayed on the signs.

“Research shows that audible tones complement visual messages,” said Inova Solutions CEO Tom Hubbard. “The tones ensure that people pay attention to the display.”

OnAlert LED displays offer everyday value even when there are no urgent messages to be shown. When not in use for emergency messaging, the displays show the time and date, which eliminates the need for a standalone clock at each display location. The time and date display can be overridden in order to broadcast non-emergency messages such as routine event announcements or bus schedules. Of course, if an emergency arises, high-priority messages will override all non-emergency and time and date messaging.

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