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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about emergency mass notification systems and visual gun detection.

Emergency Mass Notification Systems

What is an Emergency Mass Notification System? Omnilert's emergency notification systems are designed to match fundamental needs, whether that be one-way mass notification (Notify and Notify SE), two-way mass engagement (Engage) or sophisticated automation (Manage). All of our emergency notification system base platforms are powerful, cloud-based, fast to implement, and easy to use.
What are some use cases for Emergency Mass Notification Systems? Emergencies take many forms—hurricanes, fires, active shooters, power outages and global pandemics. Omnilert’s broad approach to prevention, emergency notification, engagement and critical event management leverages automation and next generation artificial intelligence (AI) to provide solutions that are applicable to all crisis situations.
How do Emergency Mass Notification Systems work? When it comes to emergency notification software, technology isn’t truly advanced unless it’s easy to use and reliable. Our emergency communications technology puts great power at your fingertips, allowing you to perform multiple functions simultaneously and automatically while leveraging artificial intelligence. The result is a coordinated emergency response plan that’s simple to deploy even when you are operating under stressful circumstances. In fact, a recent survey reported 91% of customers said Omnilert was easy to use. When you and your team are under duress, Omnilert’s emergency mass communication and critical event management technology delivers simple, split-second solutions that allow you to execute your emergency response plan with a single touch from your desktop, phone, tablet or Apple Watch.
Can Emergency Mass Notification Systems save lives? Automation allows you to codify your emergency response plan into a series of pre-defined actions for any number of situations, such as active shooters, fires, weather emergencies and bomb threats. When an emergency occurs, these automations can be launched at a moment's notice, allowing you to save precious seconds and lives.
What is an Emergency Notification App? A mobile safety app is an important extension of an organization’s communications strategy. The prevalence of mobile devices provides additional reach in an emergency situation, while mobile apps provide powerful new capabilities to help subscribers and manage critical incidents.
What is the best Emergency Notification App? An emergency app brings great advantages but often places a burden on the organization’s administrators to promote awareness and encourage download. If your subscribers don’t have the emergency alert app installed, you can’t rely on the functionality being available when you need it most. Omnilert enables you to overcome these obstacles and achieve 100% installation by making the emergency alert app user interface available in both Native and Instant types of emergency notification system app formats.
How does a priority emergency alert work? Omnilert's Prevention Suite can trigger a powerful and unique capability we call Priority Alerts, which allows for a data-rich and optimized workflow that involves your safety team. When triggered by an event, Priority Alerts are sent to an internal team, giving them all the information they need to make an informed decision and then execute the correct response with a single click. Updates are shared as your team interacts with the Priority Alert to ensure everyone can stay in sync as the situation unfolds.
What is the best Emergency Mass Notification System during a natural disaster? When a fast-moving storm approaches, you need an emergency response plan to reach on-the-go populations. The plan should include multiple communication channels, including SMS text message alerts, voice messages, emails, mobile app notifications, social media posts and more. Using predefined messages and automated workflows for different types of situations will save time and enable weather alerts to be more effective during an actual crisis. At the push of a button, you can notify employees, faculty and students of impending danger and advise them to remain at home or shelter in place. Individuals on the go can be informed of road closures and alternative routes. Two-way communication can be utilized for welfare checks and headcounts. Once the danger has passed, an all-clear can be given to resume normal operations.

Visual Gun Detection

How are gun violence statistics trending?

Per gun violence statistics in the United States, we rank 32nd in the world. With nearly four gun deaths per 100,000 people, the United States is eight times more deadly than Canada and nearly 100 times more deadly than the UK. Gun ownership rose during the pandemic, with a 20% increase in the number of federal background checks for gun purchases from March 2019 to March 2020. The worst part of these statistics is the increase in deaths attributable to guns, especially those of children.

How many mass shootings were there in 2021?

As of September, the year 2021 was already one of the deadliest on record for mass shootings. According to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), there were 517 mass shootings in 2021, and more than 32,000 individuals died via guns by their own hand and at the hand of another.

Can mass shootings be prevented?

While emergency notification, engagement and management are all designed to inform people and prevent harm, Omnilert has a set of AI-enhanced capabilities that move the timeline even earlier. Our Prevention Suite is designed to provide advance warning and rich data to the organization, so they can determine the best course of action and initiate the correct response. The native gun detection and mass notification integration reduces the time from first sighting to alerting to a handful of seconds and ultimately saves lives.

What is a gun detection system?

Powered by AI, Omnilert Gun Detect reliably and rapidly recognizes firearms and immediately triggers multi-channel communication alerts and automated pre-defined safety protocols.

Are gun detection systems effective?

Gunshot detection systems only inform you after the incident has already escalated. Your surveillance system can only help you investigate after the fact. In comparison, Omnilert Gun Detect gives emergency response teams advance warning before shots are fired and delivers precise information on the location and visuals of the potential shooter.

What is the best gun detection technology?

As gun violence in the United States continues to steadily increase, organizations and institutions are seeking new ways to protect their constituents. Video surveillance systems are increasingly being deployed, although monitoring can be difficult, unreliable and expensive. Omnilert Gun Detect offers always-on monitoring with unparalleled reliability at a price point affordable to organizations and institutions of all sizes and complexities.

Which gun detection technology is best for large campuses?

Powered by AI, Omnilert Gun Detect uses existing video surveillance systems to reliably and rapidly recognize firearms and immediately trigger multi-channel alerts and automated pre-defined safety protocols. The combination of these rich capabilities provides campus safety teams with the broadest array of solutions, spanning prevention, notification, engagement and management.