Alertus Technologies LLC, a provider of mass notification and critical communication solutions, announces it is releasing a new feature to its Alertus Recipient Mobile App, ‘ThreatWatcher™ Mobile,’ that will allow users to track their recent movement against those users who reported having COVID-19. The ‘Pandemic Alerts’ feature of ThreatWatcher™ Mobile will be free and accessible to the public in response to the increasing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Users who have tested positive for COVID-19 can anonymously submit their tracked movements from the previous 14 days to build a crowd-sourced database of detailed location information, such as a specific building on campus or a local movie theatre, for a more accurate view of a potential interaction or exposure to the virus. The app will also help people to more easily recall where they’ve been when a new case is reported. Helping communities stay safe “With ThreatWatcher™ Pandemic, we can build a more holistic and comprehensive database of where people are coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19,” said Caroline Kilday, Alertus Director of Marketing and Communications. “We hope this tool gives people a way to easily self-report their movement and use that data to help other users determine whether to seek medical testing or to self-quarantine to help minimise the spread and impact of COVID-19.” The app does not store or share any personal information with other users except by explicit permission The app does not store or share any personal information with other users except by explicit permission, and will only share location history for up to 15 days. Alertus does not store, access, or share any user information or location data—all data is stored locally on the user’s own device. As limited detailed data is available, particularly in the US, Alertus hopes users will leverage the app and share location information if they are positive for COVID-19 to help their communities stay safe. Accessibility of critical information “The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us, and we hope to offer a platform that can help mitigate people’s risk during this time,” said Jason Volk, Alertus Founder and CEO. “Further, Alertus is committed to ensuring the timely delivery and accessibility of critical information during an emergency for all organisations. Extending that to the public is a way for us to continue to deliver on our mission and serve our communities.” ThreatWatcher™ Mobile is part of the Alertus Recipient App, an emergency communication app for enterprise organisations, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, healthcare institutions, and more. The Recipient App enables organisations to quickly and efficiently send critical alerts and information to its users through the integrated Alertus Mass Notification System. ThreatWatcher™ Mobile will not require users to be affiliated with an organisation utilising the Alertus System. The new features will be available in future updates for existing Alertus Recipient App users, and available for download on the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play Store for new users.
Alertus Technologies, a pioneer in mass notification enterprise solutions, is pleased to announce that it has received its Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 2572 certification. The UL 2572 certification was specifically developed in 2011 to evaluate the performance of a Mass Notification System (MNS). UL’s industry standards To qualify for a UL 2572 certification, the MNS is required to pass a series of rigorous tests based on UL’s industry standards for electronic devices and components. In particular, the MNS should be able to function successfully within 10 seconds after being deployed for an emergency situation. Alertus is the first unified mass notification provider to become UL 2572 certified for its Alertus Emergency Mass Notification System, a facility-based, mass notification and communications solution that allows organisations to send critical information to all integrated alerting endpoints. Emergency notification solution “This is a major milestone for our organisation and the industry,” said Jason Volk, CEO and Founder of Alertus. “Being the first enterprise class system to meet UL’s new mass notification performance and reliability standards is a testament to the work and dedication of our engineers to create and continually advance exceptional life-saving alert notification solutions.” Abed Yassine, Engineering Product Manager in Hardware for Alertus, added, “Alertus is the trusted emergency notification solution for more than 2,000 global enterprise institutions—both large and small. This UL 2572 achievement further speaks to the reliability and performance of the Alertus System.” To learn about Alertus’ emergency mass notification solutions and offerings, one can stop by booth #501 during the upcoming DRJ Spring 2020 Conference in Orlando, Florida, from March 16, 2020 - March 18, 2020.
Alertus has been engineering netcentric emergency alert systems for universities and colleges PSA Security Network recently announced a new vendor partnership with Alertus Technologies. Alertus leads the industry in unified facility notification and has been engineering netcentric emergency alert systems for universities and colleges, K–12 schools, corporations, industrial sites, medical centres, the Department of Defense, and other government organisations for more than a decade. The Alertus Notification System provides “one-touch” instant command and control of all enterprise alerting modalities throughout large area, high-occupancy facilities. The Alertus system consists of a customisable array of emergency notification products and cutting-edge technology, including wall-mounted Alert Beacons, computer desktop alerting, USB panic button, LED marquee display, text-to-speech interface for public address and giant outdoor speaker systems, fire alarm interface, VoIP phone alerting, digital signage and cable television override, and mobile phone apps that allow for the distribution and receipt of emergency alerts. The outcome is a seamless integration of all netcentric IT assets, new and legacy facility infrastructure, and innovative audible visual notification appliances to serve gaps in coverage. “We are pleased to team with PSA and its members to serve the tens of thousands of corporate and institutional facilities where retrofitting their expansive facilities with conventional public address speakers is typically cost prohibitive and impractical,” says Jason Volk, CEO at Alertus. “The combination of Alertus’ innovations in mass notification with PSA members’ expertise and professional implementation services will protect lives and ensure business continuity when an emergency or crisis strikes.” “Our partnership with Alertus will offer PSA members a leading edge technology for mass notification,” says Craig Patterson, PSA’s director of vendor management. “Alertus’ unique capabilities will open new opportunities to serve unfulfilled customer needs and tap into the immense growth potential of mass notification solutions and services.”