Integrated alarm management and detailed alerts improve emergency response
A nurse call in a senior living facility, an infant abduction in a hospital, an intruder in a school, a fire in a hotel. Each of these events should trigger an alarm, but what about the location of the alarm or other details that could help responders take swift action to protect life safety? Situational awareness is about preventing loss, with life safety being the No. 1 outcome/application area. SARA integrates all life safety systems for centralized monitoring, alerting and reporting. Inefficient, stand-alone alarms then are converted into detailed alerts, including the nature of the alert plus location data – critical information that improves emergency response in terms of both the right action and the right timing. Alerts are delivered automatically and in real time to the people who need to know what’s happening: key individuals, select groups or entire populations, depending on the emergency alerting protocols an organization establishes.
Fixed and mobile duress
Implementing duress alerting in the form of panic buttons is usually the first step an organization takes in achieving situational awareness for life safety, and it falls into two categories: fixed and mobile. Fixed duress buttons are installed as permanent fixtures, such as in cash-handling areas. Mobile duress devices are carried by individuals, usually worn on a chain around the neck, in a pocket or on a belt. Since the company’s establishment in 2001, Status Solutions has been a leader in providing reliable, local or premise-based mobile duress to high-risk environments – such as schools and senior living communities with new traction in manufacturing facilities and hotels – because of the ability to summon help quickly wherever users may be located, within a single building or multi-building campus. Now we also offer wide-area mobile duress so organizations can protect individuals whether they are on or off the premises.
Mobile health monitoring for personal situational awareness
Personal situational awareness – alerting for individuals – is also possible inside or outside a health-care setting. Our mobile health monitoring solution collects data regarding the user’s vitals and activities, establishing baselines for health and wellness. Alerts are triggered automatically when changes occur, so caregivers or family members can intervene to avoid a health crisis, such as a fall.
Examples of life safety integrations and sensors
- Nurse call systems
- Telemetry devices
- Infant abduction systems
- Fire panels
- Fixed duress buttons/pull cords
- Local, premise-based mobile duress buttons/pendants
- Wide-area mobile duress buttons/pendants
- Specialty call cords (air activated, light touch)
- Bed/chair sensors •Wander management systems
- Mobile health monitoring systems