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Alert Carolina System Improved with ‘One Button’ Functionality

In late June 2016, ITS, Campus Safety & Risk Management, and Communications and Public Affairs implemented significant enhancements that streamlined and automated more of the Alert Carolina Emergency Notification System. With a project nickname of One Button, these improvements to the emergency notification system enable faster activation of the system during emergencies.

“The One Button project is a big step forward for the initial notification process during University emergencies, when seconds count,” said IT Manager Matthew Mauzy, ITS’ Alert Carolina lead.

Alert Carolina reaches the campus community and other interested parties via nearly 1,000 text-message-capable cell phones, nearly 60,000 emails and more than 315,000 social media posts.

Formally called Initial Emergency Notification Automation, the project consisted of updating the technology behind the emergency notification system and adding new software to integrate the existing services that comprise the Alert Carolina system into a single portal. The updated system uses one color-coded button to activate each of the five different types of predefined scenarios, such as armed and dangerous, major fire/ hazmat or tornado warning. Pushing the button sets into motion a series of processes that previously were done manually. Over time, Alert Carolina will gain other enhancements as well.

Other available tools include Alertus Beacons that can be installed in classrooms and other public places, Alertus Desktop Notifiers that would be available for download to take over the desktop or pop up in the corner of computer screens, and digital signage override systems that can take over the screens of digital signs.

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