Situational awareness is an effective risk management strategy to protect your people and property. Continue reading to learn how our situational awareness technologies work.

Situational awareness was originally a military term referring to a pilot's operational status and knowledge of immediate threats. Today, it's a risk management strategy and technology framework to improve life safety, security, environmental monitoring and mass notification. With situational awareness, there's time to respond to potential threats to people, property, business and convenience. The technologies in our portfolio, including the SARA automated alerting engine, offer a powerhouse of functionality for communication and access to data about what's happening within a single facility, multi-building campus or entire enterprise. Hotels, schools, hospitals, senior living communities, courthouses, manufacturing facilities - all of these organizations benefit from situational awareness. And so could yours.

How does situational awareness work?

The world is full of screens: workstations, smartphones, tablets and digital signage, including TVs and kiosks. From emergency alerting and response management to self-service, our situational awareness technologies help collect, process, interpret and deliver data in real time to any combination of these screens and other communication end points. With such mass notification through system integration and automation, on- and off-site responders are able to read, hear and see what the situation is and do something about it. Then they can analyze their responses for continuous improvement and therefore better risk management, especially in terms of life safety and security. And with sensors now available to monitor just about anything, environmental monitoring is more widely used because it provides time to investigate and fix an issue before it turns into either an emergency or an inconvenience.

How is situational awareness achieved?

In a nutshell, situational awareness ensures that the right information reaches the right people on the right devices automatically for faster, more efficient communication, especially if there's an emergency. The inputs and outputs differ, depending on the customer and environment, but the main outcome is always the same: real-time awareness to help prevent loss of life, property, business and convenience. After a thorough discovery process, we'll design a customized situational awareness technology framework with the capabilities that best meet your needs:

  • Centralized monitoring, alerting and reporting for all life safety, security and environmental monitoring systems
  • Mass notification capabilities to broadcast real-time emergency alerts plus general announcements, courtesy reminders and other content
  • Local or premise-based mobile duress with approximate location data through vector mapping
  • Wide-area mobile duress with GPS tracking, fall detection and hands-free, two-way talk
  • Desktop alerts, including color-coded text and audio
  • Video paging to desktops, including live video from integrated security cameras
  • Mobile dashboards for built-in, seamless situational awareness on the go
  • Digital signage via CCTV
  • Self-service via online, mobile and kiosk options
  • Predictive analytics to predict future risks through more personal, proactive and predictive alerting and reporting
  • Assignment of point-of-care alerts to clinician/caregiver mobile devices

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