Linking Legacy Systems for Situational Awareness

Most facilities’ technology infrastructures include voice and data networks on which emergency alerting applications, telephone service and email run. What’s missing is the ability to tie these disparate alarm and communication systems together so they can work in concert, not in siloes. Without integration, synergies can’t be created for better situational awareness.

But it is possible to integrate alarm and communication systems. A rip-and-replace strategy isn’t economical or necessary when most alarm and communication systems can be integrated as part of a comprehensive situational awareness strategy. Then current networks and technology investments can be used to harness triggering events that drive awareness transactions – and not just those that signal emergencies but any event that impacts residents, patients, students, employees, etc.  

Status Solutions’ Situational Awareness and Response Assistant (SARA) is an automated alerting engine that includes the tools to integrate legacy alarm and communication systems, in addition to a wireless sensor network and mass notification capabilities in one powerful platform. Each customer’s desired outcomes and environment are assessed on a case-by-case basis so a custom SARA solution can be designed and deployed to enhance life safety, security, environmental monitoring and mass notification.

SARA is deployed at Franke Tobey Jones retirement community in the Puget Sound area of Washington state. The system provides life safety assurance by powering the nurse call system, included escalating notifications. The community also integrated SARA with its WanderGuard system to enhance security for residents in health and memory care. Additionally, Franke Tobey Jones discovered that SARA could provide it with an unprecedented level of environmental monitoring via wireless sensors on its natural gas lines, boilers, generators and refrigerators. All of this was accomplished by leveraging the community’s legacy alarm and communication systems. Read more here.

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