Top 4 Benefits of Combining On-premises and Mobile Mass Notifications

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Combine On-premises and Mobile Mass Notifications

The chances are your organization is already using a tool (or multiple tools) to help share critical information. However, too many organizations are simply using solutions that are “good enough” instead of wholly addressing the issue of reaching everyone. Research has shown that organizations that only rely on mass SMS text messaging to get the word out can result in as much as 20 percent of their intended audience not receiving important messages. This may not seem like much, but would you want to be part of the 20 percent who didn’t know an active shooter was nearby? On the flip side, organizations that only use on-premises notifications are not effectively communicating with people who may be remote. Whether it’s people working from home due to the rise of hybrid workforces, or someone simply out for lunch, people should know what is happening no matter where they are.

Mass notification systems that reach both on-premises and mobile devices offer several advantages for organizations looking to reach as many people as possible, save time and money, and enhance their overall safety and communication. In this blog post, we outline the top four benefits of combining on-premises and mobile mass notifications.

1. Reach More People

To reach as many people as possible, you need to leverage every available channel. With the right mass notification system, you can connect to many of the onsite devices you already use to communicate, like desk phones, IP speakers, desktop computers, and digital signage, while also having the ability to reach people directly on their mobile devices. Notifications can be sent as intrusive audio that interrupts ongoing activities, text that reaches email, mobile devices, computers, and more, and visual cues like strobe lights that help get people’s attention in noisy areas that make audible alerts less effective. This greatly expands the reach of your messages so no matter where some is or what they are doing they receive an alert as quickly as possible.

2. Flexible Triggering Options

You want to make it as easy as possible to notify people of a dangerous situation, and by combining on-premises and mobile alerting, you’re providing greater flexibility for trigger alerts that moment an incident occurs. All the alert methods mentioned can be triggered simultaneously using a variety of manual or automated configurations. If you have a security team member patrolling your facilities, they can trigger alerts from a mobile app, while a receptionist at the front desk can use a physical panic button or virtual one configured on their desk phone. You get to decide how notifications are triggered, who can trigger them, and where triggers can be accessed. You don’t need to be in front of a specific computer in a specific location. The more options you provide, the more likely it is that messages get sent to people quickly so you can deploy a response sooner.

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3. One Tool to Manage

With a combined solution you can manage all your notifications and devices from a single tool. You save your IT team time by giving them fewer systems to maintain, and you save your safety team time during a crisis by giving them one place to go to send out notifications. When every second counts, you want to make your alerting process as streamlined as possible. Using one tool that can perform multiple tasks at once, means your team is less likely to miss crucial steps that could put people at risk.

4. Cost Savings

The fewer specialized, single-use tools you need to use, the more money you can save. You also add value to existing technology investments by leveraging them for safety. The ultimate cost savings though comes from utilizing a tool that does more to keep your people and property safe by mitigating disasters before they cause costly damage.

These are just some of the benefits combining your mobile and on-premises notifications can offer your organization. Download our Mass Notification System Buyer’s Guide for more details on how you can find the right solution to optimize your emergency communications.

 

 

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