Nowhere is completely safe from emergency situations — schools are no exception. As such, school administrators must make preparations to help their districts weather any storm (literal or figurative) well before it occurs. One of the best precautions that districts can take is to update their school intercom and paging system to make communication during emergencies as seamless as possible.
Updating Your School Intercom and Bell System
School intercoms and paging systems are already used in virtually every school district throughout the country. These systems signal the beginning and end of class periods and allow teachers and staff members to communicate announcements throughout a building or, in some cases, multiple buildings. But, while certain emergency tones may already be in place to signal lockdown or tornado drills, an outdated system with limited capabilities could put your teachers, staff and students at risk. As you begin your search for a new school intercom and paging system, look for the following features to ensure that you choose an effective, adaptable solution.
It's easy to feel daunted by the price and overall concept of installing a new school intercom speaker and paging system. However, not every option out there has to be a complete replacement of your current system. For example, Rauland's Telecenter U® has a hybrid solution that allows districts to reuse their existing infrastructure, making it the most attractive option in terms of price and accessibility. One case study from Parkway School District used Telecenter U to replace their existing, outdated school intercom system while repurposing all of the speakers, call switches and cabling to bring the district a modernized solution at enormous savings.
Having prerecorded messages ready to deploy at the first sign of trouble is one of the most critical functions of a school critical communications system. With Rauland Telecenter U, districts can create custom prerecorded audio instructions, emergency tones, and visual lights and messages for a variety of situations, such as evacuations, tornados and lockdowns. These messages can then be broadcast to the entire district rather than a single school building (if necessary) to ensure that all students, staff members and teachers can begin safety procedures quickly and efficiently.
Broadcasting emergency tones and messages within the buildings in a school district is an important role for a school intercom and paging system, but today's emergencies call for a more comprehensive approach. Telecenter U allows administrators to create customized messages that can be relayed via SIP phones, administrative consoles, email, browser or panic button in addition to what is being played over the school intercoms. These messages can go out to teachers and staff members, but also security offices, police officers and any other key personnel who may be able to aid in the emergency situation. The system also allows administrators to monitor responses to the emergency calls from within individual classrooms — calls continue annunciating until they are answered to ensure that no emergency goes unanswered.
In addition to custom responses and panic button capabilities, it's important for school intercom paging and bell communication solutions to be adaptable for the future. Rauland Telecenter U emergency procedures can be initiated from multiple sources, including a Smartphone App, to make responses faster than ever. The Smartphone App gives a single school the ability to initiate an emergency with the slide of an emergency text box. This gives administrators another simple, quick way to start an emergency. From the Smartphone App, you can view classroom check-in status and emergency duration.
Analog school intercom and paging systems are outdated and unable to adapt with the times without extensive reworking. Rauland Telecenter U is able to merge seamlessly with preexisting systems while making them far more adaptable thanks to its IP-based capabilities. Being IP-based is what allows the system to accommodate the smart enhancements mentioned above and stay ahead of shifting emergency regulations. It also makes Telecenter U a centralized solution that can easily update procedures for an entire district through an intuitive, web-based system. The ability to make changes on the fly and upgrade the system allows districts, like Parkway, to save time and effort maintaining the system.
Emergencies happen fast, so you need an emergency response system that can respond just as quickly. Rauland Telecenter U can be programmed as a 1-Touch emergency response solution, sending out messaging to a single school, a group of schools or an entire district. Emergencies can be initiated from a panic button located in the front office or classroom, Smartphone App, Administrative Console, Web User Interface, and SIP phones. This gives administrators multiple ways to initiate emergencies quickly so they can concentrate on keeping students and themselves safe.
A Quick Recap of Telecenter U's Capabilities
- 1-Touch response through emergency buttons
- Smartphone emergency response app
- Administrative consoles
- IP-based user interface
- Integration with pre-existing systems
- Call switches
- Custom messaging
- Email and text capabilities
Choose Rauland Telecenter U® for Your School Emergency Response System
Rauland Telecenter is a proactive approach to school emergency response, but it has a wide array of other capabilities as well. From notification systems for school scheduling to intercom solutions to keep each day running smoothly, there's nothing Telecenter can't do. Contact us today to learn more about our school notification systems or schedule a visit to our Solution Center to see Telecenter in action.