2008
AlertWave™ Emergency Notification System implemented at Benedictine University

AlertWave™ Emergency Notification System implemented at Benedictine University
February 15, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

In an effort to make the Benedictine University community as safe as it can be, the University’s Emergency Response and Recovery Team consistently reviews and revises the institution's emergency plans and efforts. Earlier this year, Benedictine University implemented a swipe card and security camera system that has been in use in its three residence halls – Ondrak, Jaeger and Neuzil – since August. The newest addition to the University’s emergency communication vehicles is the AlertWave™ Emergency Notification System. AlertWave™ is a wireless public address/emergency warning/mass notification system that allows Benedictine University officials to send immediate messages from a command center to any part of campus concerning impending, ongoing or diffused emergency situations.  The AlertWave™ system utilizes wireless technology to broadcast a message through speakers, sirens and strobe lights located throughout campus, allowing students, faculty, staff and visitors to receive important information involving any type of emergency.  "After researching several technologies, we chose an expandable system that will fit our growing campus needs," said Michael Salatino, Chief of Police at Benedictine University. "The AlertWave™ system provides campus-wide 'live' and pre-recorded voice messaging and visual alerts utilizing LED displays and strobe lights." The AlertWave™ system initiates a campus-wide alert within seconds, telling students what happened and how to react, using simple voice instructions that can be customized for each building and zone. The emergency alert targets everyone on campus and is controlled 24 hours per day at the University Police Emergency Dispatch Center, located in the lower level of the Krasa Center. By implementing the AlertWave™ system, Benedictine University continues its leadership in campus safety and security. This state-of-the-art communications system can be utilized for severe weather notifications, active threat alerts or any circumstance which may arise to communicate with our campus community. The system has been installed in all building common areas, as well as numerous exterior locations, including the Sports Complex. The speakers cover the common areas only, not individual classrooms or offices. The AlertWave™ system may also be expanded in the future to include classrooms and offices, mass e-mail and phone messaging capabilities. The AlertWave™ system was tested earlier this week after business hours in the University's academic and administrative buildings, and again on February 15, 2008 between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. in all three residence halls and Founders' Woods apartments. During this testing, the following message is broadcast: "This is a test of the University's Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test." The AlertWave™ system will be demonstrated campus-wide next week to familiarize the campus community with what it sounds and looks like so students, faculty and staff are prepared in an emergency situation. An announcement on the dates and times of those demonstrations will be distributed to community members via e-mail.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.