Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and product solutions, announced it will be demonstrating the advanced emergency notification system capabilities of its new iCOMPEL™ digital signage system at InfoComm 09 in Orlando, FL.
In addition to providing the traditional benefits of digital signage for marketing, merchandising, and education purposes, iCOMPEL offers override messaging, which means the system can be used as a real-time emergency notification and crisis-management solution. An authorized administrator with a user name and password can access and activate predetermined emergency layouts stored in the iCOMPEL system.
Possible applications include any government building or school campus where effective crisis communications are crucial to ensuring public safety. If a crisis occurs, administrators or security personnel can issue evacuation notices or lockdown alerts from a previously programmed iCOMPEL playlist.
Plus, the system supports a Text Update from Center function, which enables an administrator to use a laptop or PC with full browser capabilities to update text on multiple remote screens. This feature makes it possible to publish instant messages from a central location, whether for a general audience or for visual paging of key personnel in a large facility.
The same iCOMPEL system can also be used to disseminate weather advisories, event cancellations, early school dismissals, or other up-to-date information.
The Black Box iCOMPEL is an all-in-one, integrated hardware/software solution. It comes preloaded with software for assembling and distributing multimedia content to digital signage screens. There are no software as a service (SaaS) fees and updates are free. Additionally, the iCOMPEL appliance features a built-in Web server and can be installed on a network, assigned an IP address provided by a DHCP server, and managed via a secure, password-protected browser interface from a remote workstation.