University adds voice-activated emergency system

Crews at the University of Southern Mississippi installed receivers in 37 buildings May 5 as part of the first phase of a new emergency-notification system, the Hattiesburg American reports. University police will be able to activate the system anywhere on campus by radio, said University Police Chief Bob Hopkins. "A policy and protocol is being finalized now about who has authority to activate the system," Hopkins said. Plans are to plug in receivers in all dorms, offices, academic halls, and gathering places by the end of the summer. Public address speakers will spread the voice-activated messages. The second phase of the project will include text messaging and eMail notices that students, staff, and faculty can choose to receive. The new voice and text-messaging system is called SchoolCast, a notification system developed by High Ground Solutions of Birmingham, Ala. The university will test the system throughout the summer, and full implementation should begin this fall. The third phase will introduce video announcements on flat-panel displays in certain classrooms and in high-traffic internal areas…

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