A notification that draws a lot of attention, such as an alarm or strobe, can intensify the crisis by inducing panic and confusion among bystanders. This can trigger a hostile intruder to react, ultimately putting people in harm’s way.
At Syn-Apps, we strive to help our customers protect their people and assets. That’s why our Revolution notification software is designed to serve as a centralized platform that integrates panic buttons and other disparate communication systems together. In this blog article, you’ll learn about six types of panic buttons that your organization can use with Revolution to effectively communicate and rapidly receive assistance in the event of an emergency.
Soft-key Buttons on IP PhonesWith Revolution, admins can configure soft-keys on supported IP phones to serve as panic buttons. This is a simple and cost-effective solution that does not require any additional hardware since most organizations already have IP phones located throughout their buildings. Admins can set up the notification to share pertinent information such as the time, date, and extension from which the notification was activated, as well as other custom data extracted from the IP phone.
IP Device Panic ButtonsThe Smart IP Button by Advanced Network Devices (AND) is a small, discrete PoE panic button that automatically registers with Revolution. When someone pushes the button, Revolution automatically alerts your list of predefined recipients. This panic button is typically mounted in a discrete location, such as under a desk, which allows users to silently call for help without the intruder noticing. Click here to learn more about the IP Smart Button.
Analog Panic ButtonsAnalog buttons can also be used to activate Revolution notifications using GPIO contact closures. Although analog technology is older, it is still being used by customers today. Notification software, like Revolution, can extend the life of your existing analog infrastructure by allowing you to leverage your analog and IP equipment together for mass notifications. This strategy can save customers time and money because you won’t have to rip and replace your equipment or train personnel on how to use a new system.
To leverage analog buttons, you’ll need to connect each button to a supported contact closure device that is compatible with Revolution:
- Barionet 400 by Barix: Connect up to four analog buttons with the Barionet 400 to use with Revolution. Click here to learn more about the Barionet 400.
- Syn-Apps Paging Relay: Connect one analog button to Syn-Apps’ Paging Relay sensor contact pin. Click here to learn more about our Paging Relay.
Revolution Mobile App “Request Assistance” ButtonThe Request Assistance feature in Revolution’s Mobile Client app is another way to leverage panic buttons in your emergency notification plan. It allows your iOS and Android users to activate a notification to request help directly from their Revolution mobile app. Users have the option to allow the app to use location services while running the program, which enables authorities and first responders to respond quicker to the incident.
For example, a school administrator can create a mobile trigger which allows the school’s mobile app contacts to request for assistance during a crisis. The sender can include a picture to show what’s going on, text message describing the situation, or record an audio clip to share more information with first responders. Revolution Mobile gives people without access to physical devices nearby the flexibility they need to trigger an alert from wherever they may be located.