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Sheridan Institute deploys Emergency Notification System based on Cisco Unified Communications

Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning has announced the successful deployment of a security and...


June 17, 2009  


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Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning has announced the successful deployment of a security and safety notification system based on Cisco Unified Communications technology. The system, called SIREN (Sheridan Incident Response and Emergency Notification), is the first of its kind in North America.

 

Sheridan serves approximately 15,000 full-time students across three campuses located in Oakville and Brampton. SIREN is designed to ensure that, in the event of an emergency or security situation, the college is able to quickly and efficiently assess the situation, speed executive decision-making and notify the Sheridan community. 

 

In the event of a potential, imminent or actual emergency, the system is activated and students, faculty, staff and visitors in select locations or across all three of Sheridan’s campuses will be alerted immediately via:

 

* Cisco Unified IP Phones: Text-to-speech messages can be sent to the phones located in each office, classroom and throughout the campuses

 

* Digital signage: Located across all campuses, emergency teams can broadcast audio or text updates

 

* Paging systems: Important information and updates can be broadcast throughout all campuses or in select zones

 

* Text messages: Information can be sent to cell phones, PDAs and e-mail accounts

 

* Sheridan Web site:  messages can be instantly posted to the home page.

 

* SIREN will also automatically connect members of the Sheridan Executive Team through a conference bridge line.