Life safety is a special interest, and as such, all available steps should be taken to improve it. What's dangerous in and around your organization? What should be done to respond to an emergency and reduce its impact? Who needs to be notified and how? In addition to conducting risk assessments and developing emergency plans that answer these questions, you can use technology to operationalize your crisis plans. Automated alerting, including details about what's happening, where it's happening, and what to do about it, improves emergency response in terms of both timing and actions. Take your organization from reactionary and siloed to proactive and holistic in terms of risk management to enhance life safety, the No. 1 application for situational awareness technology.
A fire, an armed intruder, a nurse call - each of these events should trigger an alarm, but what about the location of the alarm or other details that could help responders take swift and appropriate action to protect life safety? SARA integrates all life safety systems for centralized monitoring, alerting and reporting. Inefficient, stand-alone alarms then are converted into detailed alerts delivered automatically and in real time to the people who need to know what's happening and what to do about it: key individuals, select groups/response teams or entire populations, depending on predefined emergency alerting protocols. Such situational awareness creates time - time to prevent and/or respond to any number of potential life safety threats. And in a life-or-death scenario, every second counts.
Duress alerting in the form of panic buttons is usually the first step an organization takes in achieving situational awareness for life safety, and it falls into two categories: fixed and mobile. Fixed duress buttons are installed as permanent fixtures, such as in cash-handling areas, while mobile duress pendants are carried by individuals. Status Solutions has been the pioneering provider of reliable, local or premise-based mobile duress to high-risk environments - such as schools and senior living communities with new traction in manufacturing facilities and hotels - because of the ability to summon help quickly wherever users may be located, within a single building or multi-building campus. Now we also offer wide-area mobile duress so organizations can protect individuals whether they are on or off the premises.
With today's smarter networks and devices - and SARA to tie all of them together - it's easy and cost-effective to create a safety bubble over a single building or wide-area campus. However, we recommend that life safety applications run on a dedicated, wireless mesh network instead of on Wi-Fi because of high traffic and numerous failure points. Following are some examples of the third-party system integrations and sensors used with SARA to improve life safety: