UCLA’s Deployment of AtHoc IWSAlerts, Known as BruinAlert, Wins Award for Progressive Use of Technology to Protect Students and Staff
SAN MATEO, Ca. (December 11, 2008) AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency notification systems, today congratulates UCLA for receiving the California Emergency Services Association (CESA) Gold Award for its state-of-the-art emergency alerting system.
UCLA was recognized for its BruinAlert™ system, which is built on AtHoc’s IWSAlerts™ emergency notification solution. In 2007, UCLA deployed AtHoc IWSAlerts as part of its emergency management strategy to protect its campus population of more than 60,000 people. AtHoc IWSAlerts provides a comprehensive, unified system for UCLA that manages alert dissemination across multiple channels and physical devices, including network alerting to desktops, telephony alerting, email, SMS text messaging, campus sirens, radio, cable TV and California’s Emergency Digital Information Service (EDIS).
“UCLA deserves this award for its innovative approach to emergency alerting," said Keith Harrison, immediate past president of CESA. “With their BruinAlert system, UCLA has created one of the most comprehensive alerting systems in the world, capable of reaching the entire campus through numerous personal and public devices from a single unified console within minutes.”
BruinAlert has already been used twice to alert the campus population about potentially dangerous situations, including the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that impacted Los Angeles in July 2008 and a wildfire near campus in October 2008.
“While other universities are having difficulties creating an effective and reliable emergency notification capability, UCLA stands out for its progressive approach to emergency preparedness,” said Simon Berman, vice president of product marketing for AtHoc. “Their unified deployment supports many alerting channels, all of which can be managed from a single console. This means the entire campus population can be alerted within minutes, wherever they are. We congratulate UCLA for leading the charge within the higher education system, and we’re excited to be a part of their award-winning application.”
The gold award was given to UCLA by the California Emergency Services Association, which was founded in 1965 with the mission of preserving and protecting property through emergency preparedness and disaster mitigation. The CESA membership is made up of emergency managers and planners from city, county, state, and federal government, healthcare, education, private industry, public service organizations.
AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing enterprise-class, network-centric emergency notification systems to military, government and commercial organizations for physical security, force protection and personnel accountability. Millions of end users worldwide, in organizations such as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Hawaii State Civil Defense, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, NASA, Boeing and PricewaterhouseCoopers rely on AtHoc’s unified management systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs. AtHoc has partnered with market leaders including Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Harris, Siemens, Avaya, Lockheed Martin, Unisys and others to bring these notification solutions to the public and commercial markets.
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