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Sneak Preview - SA-Announce 9.0.14 Advanced Scheduler Tool!

Posted by Marie Thiele on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

New Advanced Scheduler Tool is Perfect for School Environments! 

It’s back-to-school season again! The soon to be released SA-Announce 9.0.14 provides an all new scheduler tool that makes coordinating school bell schedules and announcements easier than ever! Stay tuned to Syn-Apps for updates and contact us to learn how SA-Announce can be used to easily manage multiple systems within your environment!

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The new Scheduler tool gives users four different Calendar views to create, modify, and remove scheduled events. Administrators can customize their schedule view and to with label colors, detailed text, audio tones, and much more!

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The example displayed above illustrates a High School schedule using the Work Week view. The example includes a Fire Drill bell and recurring Morning, Lunch, and Release school bells. 

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Tags: Unified Communication, SA-Announce, Mass Notifications, Campus Safety, Notification System, School Announcement, Scheduler

Lake Michigan College - Prepares for Emergencies using SA-Announce

Posted by Marie Thiele on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 08:33 AM

Lake Michigan College is a community college in Southwestern Michigan, consisting of five independent facilities with approximately 6,000 students. Although most students and faculty are likely unaware of the preparation that has taken place for emergency situations, the school has implemented SA-Announce, produced by Phoenix based company Syn-Apps, LLC as their notification platform.

Lake Michigan College purchased Syn-Apps when we replaced our old phone system with a new IP based Cisco phone system. Each facility has each of these alerts configured with specific wording about that facility, the phones are configured to set off the alert for only that location. When an emergency alert is set off an e-mail and text message is configured to automatically be sent to all college executives at each campus.  Alerts are configured to send to all phones within each facility and IP clocks in the hallways.
- Roger Shupert, Operations Manager of Information Technologies, Lake Michigan College

Lake Michigan utilizes SA-Announce to inform students and faculty of a variety of situations, for example campus intruders, campus lockdowns, severe weather alerts, and building evacuations.

Syn-Apps’ SA-Announce is an enhanced paging and mass notification solution that seamlessly integrates with Cisco, Avaya, ShoreTel, and SIP-based phone systems, providing audio, text, and graphic notifications across an organization. SA-Announce delivers real-time, pre-recorded, or scheduled announcements helping to streamline critical and non-critical communication processes. Lake Michigan College wanted to ensure that all on-premise and available off-premise endpoints were notified during any emergency situation. By utilizing their existing Cisco IP infrastructure, the school was able to leverage their initial investment by extending notification alerts through their network to deliver audio and text broadcasts to rooms with existing IP phones.

“Lake Michigan College is very happy with our Syn-Apps system, we’re currently looking into using the same pre-configured alerts to also trigger existing notification systems the school also uses,” says Shupert. Syn-Apps’ SA-Announce is a product that has unlimited capabilities to deliver notifications across the network seamlessly. It integrates with Syn-Apps Cloud Services, Desktop Computers, and a number of 3rd party systems including analog paging speakers, beacons, digital signage, and more.

The value of SA-Announce is its ability to integrate to a number of existing systems which allows customers to leverage previous infrastructure investments.  Whether your organization is looking to enhance security, deploy critical notification solutions, or just improve overall communication, SA-Announce is the essential solution.

About Syn-Apps LLC

Syn-Apps brings unified communication based emergency and non-emergency notification solutions to organizations around the globe. Education, Healthcare, Retail, and Corporate entities use Syn-Apps for advanced critical communication, paging, marketing, and 911 alerting. Syn-Apps also provides call recording and reporting to address compliance requirements. Founded in 2001 and based in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area, Syn-Apps has enjoyed strong growth and has received numerous industry awards. For more information, please visit www.syn-apps.com or call 1-866-664-6071.

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Tags: Unified Communication, Emergency Preparedness, Lake Michigan College, Syn-Apps, SA-Announce, Mass Notifications, Campus Safety

Ballinger Independent School District chooses Syn-Apps

Posted by Marie Thiele on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

PHOENIX, AZ  February 6, 2014

"Ballinger Independent School District was faced with a dilemma when it came time to recondition our elementary school which included replacement of the antiquated paging and intercom system being used” wrote Tim Gau, Director of Technology at Ballinger Independent School District in Ballinger, Texas. The district was looking for a more “robust” solution to deliver paging and notification across their network by utilizing their already existing VoIP phone system. BISD evaluated many products on the market but quickly selected Phoenix based company Syn-Apps, LLC for their SA-Announce platform.

Syn-Apps’ SA-Announce is an enhanced paging and mass notification solution that seamlessly integrates with Cisco, Avaya, ShoreTel or SIP-based phone systems, providing audio, text and graphic notifications across an organization. SA-Announce delivers real-time, pre-recorded or scheduled announcements to streamline critical situation communication and many operational processes. Similar to the dilemma that Ballinger Independent School District faced, many organizations look to utilize their existing legacy systems to communicate across their network without the costly investments of new installations. SA-Announce gives customers the ability to do this and much more by creating a platform that allows seamless communication to and from any location.

Tim Gau from BISD also noted “I would personally recommend the Syn-Apps paging and intercom solution (SA-Announce) to any school wanting to install new, replace older systems or add more capabilities. The support I have received from the company has been outstanding”.  Whether you are looking to enhance security, deploy critical notification solutions, or just improve overall communication throughout your organization, SA-Announce is the essential solution. To learn more about SA-Announce please contact the Syn-Apps sales team at 866-664-6071 or [email protected].

About Syn-Apps LLC

Syn-Apps brings unified communication based emergency and non-emergency notification solutions to organizations around the globe. Education, Healthcare, Retail, and Corporate entities use Syn-Apps for advanced critical communication, paging, marketing, and 911 alerting. Syn-Apps also provides call recording and reporting to address compliance requirements. Founded in 2001 and based in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area, Syn-Apps has enjoyed strong growth and has received numerous industry awards. For more information, please visit www.syn-apps.com or call 1-866-664-6071.

Tags: notification, Ballinger Independent School District, Syn-Apps, paging, SA-Announce, Campus Safety