Study: Community colleges lack integrated mass notification systems

Systems integrator Siemens has published a white paper detailing its findings from an analysis of Clery Act reports from across the country.

The company’s mass notification experts, which analyzed 77 random Clery Act reports filed in 2010, found that community colleges were the least likely to have an integrated, multi-modal mass notification system.

In addition, public universities were found to have the most sophisticated plans and schools in the South were found to have the most advanced notification plans overall.

According to a statement, the study classified communications platforms into four types; At Your Side (text messaging, email, etc.), Indoor (public address system, digital signage, posted notices, etc.); Outside (outside public address system, warning sirens, blue light towers, etc.); and, Extended (social media, CCTV, etc.). The institutions were then placed into five maturity levels that reflected the integration of different types of technology and the number of methods used in a notification system. None of the schools were ranked in the top level.

"Our goal is to give higher learning institutions the tools they need to understand and implement solid mass communications plans," said Berkly Trumbo, national business manager for Siemens Integrated Security Solutions. "Protecting the safety and well-being of every member of the campus community is a key priority for colleges and universities and failure to do so is really not an option. Our research clearly shows that many colleges and universities can and should enhance their systems in order have the best chance of alerting more people and weathering an imminent threat situation."

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