22 Jul Securing Multiple Sites with a Central Point of Control
Sheriffs and EMA directors are responsible for protecting multiple buildings across their jurisdiction. Keeping track of alarms at many disparate locations is a complex and time-consuming task. The WAVE Plus system can help with the management of this task in a number of ways.
When an alarm on the WAVE Plus system is triggered, the system automatically sends a detailed radio message to dispatch and all radios tuned to that channel. This ensures that all personnel carrying radios get the message instantly. In addition, the WAVE Plus system sends emails and text messages so that personnel without radios are also made aware of the alarm as quickly as possible.
The WAVE Plus Control Panel also shows alarms on its screen and announces them over a speaker. Strobe lights and sirens can also be configured to switch on when an alarm is triggered. This enables you to notify everyone in a building, staff and visitors, of an emergency immediately. Each button can be configured to notify the appropriate people in the relevant building.
Buildings which are geographically dispersed can be integrated with a single WAVE Plus control panel through a computer network by using WAVE Plus Remote Receivers. These devices communicate with the WAVE Plus system through the network so that wireless buttons far away can trigger the system. The control panel also provides a central point of control so that all the buildings can be managed from one location.
Virtual buttons can also be deployed in any building that is on the same network at the WAVE Plus control panel. These are icons on a desktop that can trigger an alarm when a user double-clicks on them. Up to four different colored virtual buttons can be put on each desktop. They can be used for different types of emergency, such as medical emergencies, and are custom labelled on each computer.
The WAVE Plus system can help to improve communication and management at the start of an incident by providing clear, detailed messages by radio, email, text message and on the control panel itself. By using the radio as the primary alarm notification, the time taken by conventional systems when making a phone call is eliminated, and dispatch is notified sooner. These few minutes at the start of an incident may be critical. The sooner dispatch is notified of the emergency, the faster the response time to it can be.