Notification Service, CCTV System Implemented in Georgia School District
Honeywell announces its contract with Ware County School District to implement Honeywell Instant Alert for Schools. The Web-based notification service will allow the Waycross, Ga., school district to quickly reach parents with emergency or school news. In addition, Honeywell will install its Digital Video Manager (DVM), a video management and surveillance system that will increase visibility into activities at the county’s schools, which consist of nearly 6,500 students.
Instant Alert, used by nearly 1,000 schools nationwide, gives Ware County the ability to reach thousands of people within minutes, and notify the community of a potential shutdown when a hurricane strikes and evacuees need a place to stay.
To use the service, which broadcasts messages to phones, cell phones, pagers, E-mail or PDAs, a representative from the district initiates an alert via the Internet or phone. Once it’s finished, the message is instantly broadcast to all relevant contact points. Parents can update their contact information online and specify how they prefer to be reached – E-mail for routine communication, and E-mail and cell phone for emergency messages, for example.
As part of the contract, Honeywell also will install a CCTV system and cameras at the district’s two middle schools, as well as upgrade existing cameras at the high school. Powered by DVM and Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), the CCTV system allows school personnel to view, record, play back and store security video clips. As a result, the district will have a better line of sight into activities in and around its buildings.
Along with managing the surveillance system, EBI will allow the district to monitor and control heating ventilation and air conditioning components in the buildings from a single point. This will help streamline operations and reduce energy costs.
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