6 Ways Rauland Telecenter School Intercoms Improve School Safety
Nowhere is totally safe from emergency situations — schools, unfortunately, are no exception. As such, school board members 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 bell system to make communication during emergencies as seamless as possible.
Updating Your School Intercom and Bell System
School intercoms and bells communication are already used in virtually every school district throughout the country. They 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 But, while certain emergency tones may already be in place to signal fire or tornado drills, an outdated system with limited capabilities could put your teachers, staff and students at risk.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 bell 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 bell system. However, not every option out there has to be a complete replacement of your current system. For example, Rauland's Telecenter U® is a hybrid solution that allows districts to reuse their existing scheduling and PA 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 One case study from Parkway School District used Telecenter U to replace their existing, outdated school intercoms while repurposing all of the speakers, call switches and cabling to bring the district a modernized solution at enormous savings.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 intercom and bell system. With Rauland Telecenter, districts can create custom instructions and emergency tones for a variety of situations, such as fires, 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 bell system, but today's emergencies call for a more comprehensive approach. Telecenter U also allows administrators to create customized messages that can be relayed via phone, 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 everyone receives the message and responds accordingly.
In addition to custom responses and panic button capabilities, it's important for school intercoms and bells communication solutions to be adaptable for the future. Rauland Telecenter's emergency procedures can be initiated from multiple sources, including a Smartphone App, to make responses faster than ever. The ability to reach out to all necessary personnel through email and phone calls alone is an important advancement that schools of all sizes can take advantage of. Having a solution that allows administrators to initiate emergency messaging and reach out to all necessary parties efficiently is key to successful responses to any situation.
Analog school intercom speaker systems are outdated and unable to adapt with the times without extensive reworking. Rauland Telecenter 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 a centralized solution that can easily update procedures for an entire district through an intuitive, web-based system. It's so accessible that many schools, like Parkway, have taken to managing updates themselves, rather than bringing in outside electricians and other personnel — another money-saver down the road.
Emergencies happen fast, so you need an emergency response system that can respond just as quickly. Rauland Telecenter can be programmed as a 1-Touch emergency response solution, sending out messaging to an entire district and all other necessary personnel on multiple platforms, from the school intercom and bell system to a smartphone app. All of this can be done from a panic button either in the school administrative office or a classroom to ensure the fastest possible response to danger of any kind.
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