Critical Mass: The Omnilert Blog

Samantha Leland

Omnilert : Tell us about yourself. Christian: Most of my experience has been in the emergency arena. I’ve worked in level one trauma centers, as a paramedic, and firefighter / EMS. I have been with the Cambridge Health Alliance for about twelve years now.  We are a complex system in that we are a quasi-public authority healthcare system. We are a 3 campus, 3 hospital system with about 30 ambulator …

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Samantha Leland

Jerry Haynes is a Senior Operations Specialist at EOG Resources (Enron Oil & Gas Company) located in San Antonio, Texas.   Omnilert:  Tell us a bit about yourself and your position within EOG. Jerry: I have been with EOG coming up on 9 and a half years.  EOG is an oil and gas company.  We do drilling and have some pipeline services.  I work in their IS department.  I started out doing div …

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Ara Bagdasarian

 Another clear case for multimodality. Here’s a topic that can be uncomfortable for some to address, yet is too important to ignore: Technology will fail. Networks have outages. Storms knock down phone lines. Mobile carriers get overloaded. Email gets delayed. Power outages occur. Cell towers get compromised. ISPs have routing issues. Every single technology has the inevitability of failure.  That …

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Samantha Leland

There’s an instant rush of adrenaline when someone first realizes that a crisis has started.  The mind races, working to process a stressful situation.  There’s confusion and fear; there’s a lot that needs to be done—and every moment counts. One of the first things to do is launch an alert—for example, if people should evacuate or shelter-in-place, you want them to know as fast as possible.  For t …

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Samantha Leland

We had chance to speak with Fred Bealefeld about his in-classroom experience with the March 31, 2014 lockdown at Stevenson University. Fred is a remarkable individual whose 31-year career in law enforcement included serving as Police Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department. Since the start of his tenure as Commissioner in 2007, Fred lead an unprecedented decrease in crime and homicides in …

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Scott Howard

It’s safe to say that three technologies have emerged to be the most commonly used for emergency notifications: SMS (text messages), email, and old-fashioned voice phone calls. Just about every notification plan now includes some combination of these three endpoints. In emergency situations, however, limiting your notification strategy to 3 endpoints is a mistake you can’t afford to make. Why is t …

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Samantha Leland

Omnilert:  Tell us about Alstom Power. Bryan: Alstom Power is a global company.  We are based out of France.  Our US operations involve a number of things- and I should say that we recently changed from Alstom to GE.  A lot of Alstom was purchased by GE so some of the US operations are no longer part of our full menu of services.  So for Alstom GE in the US we currently build large power plants.   …

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Hannah Hager

When news outlets assign silly names to serious winter storms—Snowpocalypse. Snowmaggeddon. Snowzilla, and the like—it diminishes the true dangers of weather-related events like this January’s storm Jonas. It’s easy to do. Unlike some of Mother Nature’s other natural disasters, snowstorms arrive gracefully, accumulate gently and paint their mayhem gradually. They’re perhaps the only weather-relate …

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Omnilert

Omnilert, the pioneer in mass emergency notification systems, was recently host to Virginia’s 10th District Representative Barbara Comstock, providing her with a view into the latest advances in critical communications technology. Omnilert created the first emergency notification system for schools, e2Campus, and has pioneered multimodal mass notification technologies for more than a decade. “As c …

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Omnilert’s Scenario Manager Recognized for One-Click Emergency Response for School Safety Omnilert, the pioneer in mass emergency notification systems, announced today that its Scenarios Manager solution received the Innovative Solutions Consortium (ISC) Award for Most Disruptive Technology. The ISC, in partnership with the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Loudoun County Department of Econo …

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