Wahsega Labs Ceiling Speaker Technology Can Save Lives
In an earlier story, Wahsega detailed ways that it could improve the quality of schools' and hospitals' IT infrastructure while also increasing security inside a building in the event of a violent incident. In this story, we will explain the security features of the Wahsega's 2x2 IP Ceiling Speaker when installed in multi-room facilities.
The ceiling speaker has two primary ways it can protect lives and secure large areas in the event of a crisis situation. First, the unit provides two way communications across the IP PBX that the unit is connected to. Therefore, it is quite easy for authorities to gain valuable information about the situation by speaking directly with individual classrooms. In addition, each speaker has an input for a panic button that can be placed anywhere in the room. This button immediately initiates a two-way call with another prearranged endpoint. The endpoint could be an IP phone or any type of SIP enabled device. Further, if administration becomes aware of a situation in a classroom, security or the front office can call the classroom silently and the ceiling speakers will auto answer to listen in to determine if a life-threatening situation is occurring. This helps reduce false alarms and allows security or the front office to act quickly.
The panic button can be configured for multiple different types of actions. For example, a teacher can make a short press to dial the front office and a long press to contact emergency services. In this way, it can also assist with medical emergencies, cutting response times dramatically.
Another powerful feature are the two electronic relays that come with every speaker. These relays can be used to trigger door locks, alarms, start sirens or strobe lights and much more. Essentially any event that can be fired from an electronic relay is possible. The relays are controlled by the InformaCast server.
The most common use of the relays is to lock doors in the classroom to prevent entry from outside the door. Note that the doors can still be opened from the inside. In the event of an intrusion, commands can be sent from the InformaCast server to lock down all classroom doors at once. Each ceiling speaker was designed with two relays as a typical school room configuration featuring two doors. The two relays can alternatively be used to trip an emergency strobe or auxiliary horns or sirens.
Security in public buildings like schools and hospitals is often complicated by the large area that can come under threat in the blink of an eye. As emergency response professionals will attest, collecting and assessing information about what is actually going on in the areas they will need to investigate can be very difficult. In addition, training staff to respond to a threat consistently according to a predetermined set of rules is really not realistic. The combination of instant communications and wide area multi-door room control gives authorities and administration a jump start in responding to potential crisis situations. If you are interested in securing your facility with a proven, cost-effective system, contact Wahsega today. It could mean the difference for your facility.