Black Box to Demonstrate Emergency Alert Features of Digital Signage at InfoComm

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.