MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 2003 ? Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Building Solutions ? a leader in school safety and security for more than 50 years ? unveiled Honeywell Instant Alert? for Schools. The new automated emergency notification and communication system enables schools to instantly broadcast information about an emergency situation to parents and guardians through the communication devices of their choice.
?Within minutes of a school emergency, a principal can use the Honeywell Instant Alert service to deliver a single, clear message to the students? parents or guardians by phone, e-mail or pager,? said Laura Farnham, Vice President of Global Marketing for Honeywell Building Solutions. ?By contrast, the emergency notification process common in most schools ? a phone tree ? can take hours to complete and may not reach every parent. Often the messages that do make it to parents are inconsistent or incomplete.?
Honeywell Instant Alert is in beta testing at schools across the United States. It will be generally available in January 2004.
The U.S. Department of Education has specified that an emergency communications system should be an element of every school?s crisis plan. Honeywell Instant Alert for Schools is a Web-based system with robust capabilities that enable schools to rapidly, effectively and accurately notify all parents via all possible devices in the event of a school-wide emergency.
Members of the education community have been quick to recognize the value of this communication tool. ?Honeywell Instant Alert gives our administrators, teachers and parents peace of mind that in a time of crisis, we are prepared to deliver the best information to every parent in a timely fashion,? said Peter Quinn, Headmaster at Wakefield School, an Instant Alert for Schools pilot customer in The Plains, Virginia.
?Despite our best efforts to prevent them, emergencies do occasionally occur,? continued Quinn. ?With Honeywell Instant Alert we are now better prepared to react to those unpredictable situations as they arise, and are able to widely distribute accurate information to parents.?
Honeywell Instant Alert for Schools enables parents and guardians to designate how they prefer to be reached in an emergency. The service allows parents to choose multiple points of contact; a single communication can be simultaneously sent to a parent?s e-mail, cell phone and pager if they choose. Parents provide and can regularly update their contact information via a Web interface, ensuring that they can be reached when necessary. Schools can provide alternative update methods for parents who do not have Internet access.
In the event of a school emergency, like a flood threatening school grounds, a school administrator will send an electronic or voice message to the Honeywell Instant Alert Service Center, instructing it to notify all parents that school will be dismissed two hours early and children will be sent home via their usual transportation. The Service Center then automatically and instantly broadcasts the message to all parents via their specified modes of communication. School administrators can be confident that every parent has been sent information about the early dismissal.
Honeywell Instant Alert for Schools lets schools broadcast a consistent, complete message to parents, and provides them with a definitive course of action. The system is able to send multiple messages in rapid succession.
?Emergencies constantly evolve, and phone trees simply can?t keep up with the changing information,? said Farnham. ?Honeywell Instant Alert gives administrators the ability to rapidly deliver the latest information to parents.?
Honeywell Instant Alert for Schools can also serve as a valuable time-saving tool for schools to communicate routine information to designated groups ? such as parents of certain classmates, teammates or club members.
The Honeywell Instant Alert system is functionally reliable during emergencies because its mechanisms are not housed on school property, but in Honeywell?s Class-A data centers. These tightly secured facilities have flood protection and emergency power back-up capabilities. Additionally, because the system works within minutes of an emergency, its message is more likely to be delivered to parents before school and regional communication lines become flooded and less reliable.
For more information about Honeywell Instant Alert for Schools, visit www.honeywell.com/instantalert.
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