InformaCast Software for IP Paging and Emergency Communication
InformaCast® is a software solution that transforms Cisco phones, overhead speakers, and other devices into a powerful IP paging and emergency notification system.
InformaCast is bundled and shipped with Cisco Unified Communications Manager CUCM 8.5+ and Cisco Business Edition 6000, deployed as a virtual appliance running co-resident with CUCM. InformaCast operates in two modes: Basic and Advanced.
InformaCast Basic Paging provides phone-to-phone live audio paging to up to 50 Cisco IP phones simultaneously. It can be configured and used for sending an audio announcement to a single phone or groups of phones within an organization free of charge.
InformaCast Advanced Notification is a full-featured emergency notification solution that enables organizations to reach an unlimited number of phones with text and live or pre-recorded audio messages. Notification can be sent to a wide variety of endpoint devices and systems reaching your people with important life-safety information.
The following table highlights the major capabilities of the system:
InformaCast is ideal for:
Reaching your people wherever they are with important notifications - in your facilities, at home, or outside your campus
Monitoring for 911/emergency calls - notifying management and first responders with a recording and details of the call
Automatically triggering notification when an event takes place - including weather warnings, high temperature alerts on freezers, or low fuel warnings on emergency back-up generators
Initiating an automatic conference call bridge - with managers and appropriate personnel when an event occurs
Connecting to existing paging systems - both existing analog systems or your network of IP speakers and Cisco IP phones
Sending scheduled notifications - for school classroom bells, shift changes, or end-of-the-day closing announcements
Features of InformaCast
LIVE Audio Paging to Cisco Phones - Send an audio broadcast to Cisco IP phones in your organization
LIVE or Pre-Recorded Audio/Text to Endpoints - Send audio and text notifications to a variety of devices both inside and outside your organization, including Cisco IP phones, analog and IP overhead speakers, digital display monitors and systems, smart phones, email systems, and more.
Audience Size and Endpoint Choice
Leverage existing Analog PA Systems - Connect your existing paging systems via the Singlewire Legacy Paging Interface (LPI). Learn more about LPI and how it works by watching this short video.
Broadcast to IP Speakers - For areas where you don’t already have analog speakers, add IP speakers that run on Power over Ethernet. IP speakers can also serve as your clock system and will scroll text across their LED panels.
Reach Computers and Signage - Pop a brightly colored window to the front of your computer screen with the InformaCast desktop notification client. Audio is broadcast if speakers are present. Text and audio notification can also be sent to your digital signage displays.
Reach Remote Users - Reach your users wherever they, via their mobile devices. Notification can reach users via web pages, social media sites, cell/smart phones, home phones, and more.
Support for Cisco Jabber IM and Microsoft Lync Clients - Send an alert to the two most popular instant message clients
Support Emergency Events
911/Emergency Call Monitoring, Recording, and Notification - When someone in your organization dials an emergency number from one of your phones, a text and audio broadcast can be immediately sent to your safety team, along with access to a recording of the call.
Weather Monitoring and Notification - Directly monitor the National Weather Service for specific weather events in your area using the CAP (Common Alerting Protocol) feature. A notification with details of the alert can automatically be sent to your organization.
Panic Button Implementation - Configure push buttons, switches, function keys on a workstation keyboard, and more to activate an emergency notification.
Facilities Integration (Control Lighting, Door Locks, Motion Detectors, Access, Fire) - Automatically trigger text and audio alerts when sensors are activated. Alternatively, when a lockdown message is sent, the system will lock the doors.
Dynamic Conference Call to Bring Reponse Team Together - When a severe event threatens your organization, an automatic conference call bridge can be initiated with your team. InformaCast calls all the phone numbers listed on file for each individual and gives people joining the call the option of listening to a recording of the notification.
Event Accountability with Message Confirmation and Reporting - Verify that a notification has been received by your organization by requiring a confirmation response.
Building Evacuation or Lockdown Capabilities - Let people know when there’s a threat to the organization. Options exist for sending notification to all devices immediately or reaching selected devices with specific information. For example, a building administrator may want the option of sending a discreet text message to managers alerting them of an event vs. sounding a building-wide alarm.
General Purpose and Shift/Bell Schedulers - Schedule class passing bells for schools, shift change bells for manufacturing companies, or end of the day closing announcements.
Inbound and Outbound API - Configure the monitoring of remote systems or the ability to remotely activate or trigger systems and devices on your network.
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InformaCast is a proven solution that can deliver messaging and notification on your IP network. To learn more about this solution, we invite you to talk with us