WebDT SimulCAST Broadcasts Visual Emergency Communications to Digital Signs and Networked Computers

DT Research announced the availability of WebDT Content Manager 3.0, which includes the WebDT SimulCAST software that allows the real-time broadcast of emergency messages to digital signs and networked computers. Using a secure online portal, network administrators can access the system via a computer or mobile phone to quickly update and transmit messages – crucial in emergency situations.

This solution complements existing SMS and Voice broadcast technologies already deployed in many campuses across the country. With WebDT SimulCAST, emergency information can be delivered within schools, medical facilities and corporate buildings in a visual format that contains more detailed safety information than traditional emergency broadcast systems today.

WebDT SimulCAST overrides scheduled content on screens for emergency communications. In addition, the system allows for content to be pre-loaded onto networked digital signs, desktops and laptops. By creating situational procedure templates, network administrators can enable content to be displayed instantaneously on each sign and computer screen during emergencies. This functionality is especially important in educational institutions as well as large corporate buildings where dissemination of urgent, detailed communications to a dispersed audience is essential.

“Digital signage is becoming an increasingly important communications medium in a wide variety of organizations, including schools, corporations, healthcare facilities, airports and retail locations,” said Dr. Daw Tsai, president of DT Research. “The addition of WebDT SimulCAST to the WebDT Signage System enables the deployment of a visual campus-wide emergency alert system. Organizations now have all the tools needed, including the ability to send urgent messages targeting laptops, personal computers and cell phones, to effectively get the message across in times of crises.”

The WebDT Content Manager 3.0 provides new functionalities that improve the ultimate usability of content management, including the ability to create ticker zones of any size anywhere within the screen as well as support for static text and real-time information through RSS feeds. Administrators can more efficiently edit playlists and create a “Combolist” to link or embed multiple playlists for quick scheduling of recurring content. Additionally, administrators can also remotely update firmware, software and turn appliances on or off.