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Extending Your Notification System with Contact Closures

Posted by Sydney Hirshberger on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Paging_Relay_Banner_3.png*This is the second of a four-part series highlighting the various features of Syn-Apps' patented Paging Relay. Last week's post showcased the Paging Relay's unicast to multicast conversion capabilities.

Smart detection and automated alerts can help improve situational awareness. Depending on the use case, contact closures can be configured to trigger endpoints (lock doors, activate sirens) or send an alert when an external switch is activated (emergency door opens, help button is pushed). Contact closures can keep personnel informed of whats going on in the building at all times.

Syn-Apps' Paging Relay offers two different types of contact closure connections: sensor contact closure and relay contact closure. Paging_Relay_Contact_Closure_Example-1.png

Sensor Contact Closure   Relay Contact Closure

When activated, the Paging Relay's Sensor Contact Closure feature can trigger the Paging Relay to play pre-recorded audio notifications. If integrated with SA-Announce, the feature can be used to send a notification when a device is activated.

  

When an alert is sent from SA-Announce, the Paging Relay's Relay Contact Closure feature can send a signal and activate any electrical device that reacts with a simple "on/off switch."

Examples:

  • A customer walks into a store and activates the motion detector (a sensor contact closure) set up on top of the door. This triggers the Paging Relay to broadcast a locally stored audio file to overhead speaker systems.
  • A customer is in need of assistance and pushes a "help" button, which is connected to the Paging Relay. The Paging Relay triggers an SA-Announce notification, alerting the department manager that a customer needs assistance.
 

Example:

There is an intruder in the school. The Principal activates an SA-Announce Emergency Alert notification, which triggers the Paging Relay to activate contact closure devices throughout the building to close and lock doors, turn off lights, or activate strobe lights and sirens.

Ask yourself this: How could your organization utilize contact closures to improve situational awareness and keep personnel informed of what's going on within your buildings at any given time?

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Tags: Syn-Apps Paging Relay, Contact Closure