As college and university campuses become more connected, higher-ed leaders are looking for solutions that can help leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance safety and communication.

Mass notification systems are becoming a popular choice in higher-ed institutions–they offer the ability to connect with a wide range of IoT endpoints to accomplish a wide variety of alerting and safety tasks that can help protect students, staff, and visitors.

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The two biggest challenges campuses need to overcome when it comes to alerting people about an emergency are speed and reach. Speed is how quickly a message can be distributed, and reach is how likely it is that that message is received by 100 percent of a campus’s desired population.

On large campuses, these two challenges can be particularly difficult to overcome. Substantial populations, multiple campus buildings, and unforeseen distractions can make it hard to ensure a message has reached everyone who needs to receive it. While the IoT can offer ample options when it comes to tools that initiate messages, without everything tied together on the backend, the alerting process can be slow and ineffective.

About the Author:

Pat Scheckel is Vice President of Product Management at Singlewire Software. Based out of Madison, Wis., Scheckel has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, including two decades with unified communications, and has helped numerous organizations implement mass notification solutions to enhance communication and safety.