How Christopher Columbus High School Prioritizes Safety Through Technology Implementation
To ensure campus-wide alerts reach listeners, CCHS relies on AtlasIED and its IPX Series of IP Endpoints with InformaCast Mass Notification Software.
Located in the western suburbs of Miami, Florida sits Christopher Columbus High School (CCHS). Featuring a college preparatory academic curriculum, a powerhouse football and athletic program, and a distinguished alumni base, including Fortune 500 CEOs, the school is continually evolving to attract, recruit, and retain some of Florida’s brightest minds. In fact, employing cutting edge technology and programs are of paramount importance to the recruiting effort for CCHS.
Founded in 1958, the campus features a unique infrastructural design that guides students, staff, and guests to the school’s indoor gymnasium, auditorium, and collection of classrooms through a series of breezeways. Communicating news, updates, and directions to students, faculty, and visitors is critical during both routine school days and during emergencies. To ensure campus-wide alerts reach listeners — both inside and outdoors — CCHS relies on AtlasIED and its IPX Series of IP Endpoints with InformaCast® Mass Notification Software.
From the opening bell to the moment the last individual leaves school grounds, the IPX Series drives communications between everyone on campus. In addition to the daily bell schedules, meditations, announcements, intercom, and prayers, which can be live or pre-recorded and played directly from an administrator’s phone, AtlasIED’s IPX Series incorporates campus safety measures with the help of InformaCast software integration.
InformaCast is a powerful mass notification software that allows schools and facilities of all sizes to reach people on their mobile and on-campus devices. In an emergency, when every second counts, InformaCast, with IPX, quickly delivers attention-grabbing audio and text messages to the devices of faculty, students and parents, and alerts law enforcement.
“With such a large campus and students as young as 14-years-old, you have to be ready to communicate to them immediately,” said Alex Seage, Senior Director of Technology and Innovation, CCHS. “Having this system in place has really helped us communicate and get the word out to keep the campus safe.”
InformaCast software seamlessly integrates into the 120 different AtlasIED IPX speakers and visual displays installed throughout CCHS classrooms. In addition to classroom endpoints, CCHS employs 20 IP horns to deliver wide and intelligible audio coverage throughout campus common areas, parking garages, and lots. Between the in-classroom speakers and displays and outdoor horns, the IPX Series directs clear, comprehensive notifications throughout the expansive CCHS campus. In addition to high-performance audio delivery, the IPX Series ensures ADA compliancy with scrolling text, flashing and color-changing LED screens to supplement auditory announcements.
As CCHS continues to help shape the minds of the next generation, it looks forward to using cutting-edge technology such as AtlasIED’s IPX Series to help deliver the best experience possible and provide peace of mind. Not only for the students, but for the faculty and parents as well. atlasied.com
See how CCHS’ system works by watching this video.
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