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Newburgh, NY Utilizes InformaCast to Prevent and Reduce Crime

Image courtesy of State Tech Magazine

InformaCast has been helping government personnel keep people safe since its inception. From national government agencies to smaller local government buildings, emergency notifications from InformaCast help share critical information during potentially dangerous situations. The city of Newburgh, NY deployed InformaCast in its City Hall, and State Tech Magazine highlighted their efforts in a recent article.

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The following passage was originally published as part of larger piece in State Tech Magazine on July 14, 2016.

With the Cisco UC system deployed, Newburgh’s IT team will now add Singlewire Software’s InformaCast IP paging and emergency notification features. The fire, public works and water departments are already using it; the police department and the city’s other first responders are next.

The software allows city officials to preprogram specific alerts — or send new messages on the fly — through their IP phones or computers. For example, the fire department has deployed an overhead paging system that enables fire officials to pick up a phone and broadcast announcements to every phone at headquarters, Kurcon says.

By the end of the summer, the IT department plans to preprogram specific alerts on speed dial. With the city’s previous system, the alarm company provided no details to police other than the fact that an employee pressed the silent alarm. The new system can provide greater event details, including the specifics of what’s happening as well as location information.

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Topics: Government, InformaCast, Emergency Notification

Selecting a Mass Notification System for Government Buildings

Notify Everyone of Potential Threats

Government buildings deal with a unique set of challenges when handling threats. They need to be able to communicate the situation to everyone quickly and provide instructions for how the situation is being managed.

If a building comes under threat, it’s important to have a communication system that can reach everyone throughout the building on a variety of devices. Make sure your system can send text and audio messages to a variety of devices to ensure complete reach. Mass notification systems can be used for:

  • Intruder alerts and lockdown
  • Evacuation
  • Severe weather
  • 911 calls

It’s also important to look for systems that can bring people together, quickly to collaborate on how to manage the situation. Systems that trigger conference calls with high-level personnel help ensure a speedy response.

Assess your notification capabilities

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Topics: Government, Emergency Notification, What's New, Checklist

Berbee to Singlewire - Over Ten Years of Software Development with InformaCast

Eleven years ago, a group of software engineers at a Berbee Information Networks created an application designed to send notifications on Cisco IP phones. Originally called the Emergency Broadcast System or EBS, it soon would become known as InformaCast.

For many years, customers often referred to InformaCast as “The Berbee” when talking about their notification needs. 3,000 customers later, we’re still working on improving and enhancing the InformaCast platform under the new company name of Singlewire Software.

We recently caught up with several Singlewire staff members that were instrumental in the development of the software in those early days with Berbee to record this short video.

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Topics: Government, Berbee, InformaCast, emergency communication

Berbee to Singlewire - A Decade of InformaCast Software Development

singlewire berbee cisco notificationTen years ago a group of software engineers at a Berbee Information Networks created an application designed to send notification on Cisco IP phones. Originally called the Emergency Broadcast System or EBS, it soon would become known as InformaCast.

For many years, customers often referred to InformaCast as "The Berbee" when talking about their notification needs. 3,ooo customers and one decade later we're still working on improving and enhancing the InformaCast platform under the new company name of Singlewire Software.

We recently caught up with several Singlewire staff members that were instrumental in the development of the software in those early days with Berbee to record this short video.

 

 
 

 

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Topics: Government, Berbee, InformaCast, emergency communication

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