Berkeley Carroll School Awarded Contract for Mass Notification System to ATI
February 1, 2013
Acoustic Technology, Inc. (ATI Systems), the world’s leading provider of intelligible Mass Notifications Systems (MNS), was recently awarded a contract from the Berkeley Carroll School to provide an MNS. The system will assist and alert students, teachers, and staff in the event of an emergency and allow school leadership to rapidly communicate critical response information.
“ATI mass notification systems are capable of providing highly intelligible, lifesaving instructions and directions to the local school and occupants”, remarked Dr. Ray Bassiouni, President and CEO of ATI Systems. “When every second counts, the powerful and highly intelligible broadcasts from ATI MNS ensure that every communication is heard and understood throughout school buildings.”
Berkeley Carroll is an independent, college preparatory day school providing coeducational programs for children in prekindergarten through grade 12 [K-12]. Officially chartered by New York State in 1886, Berkeley Carroll is one of the oldest independent schools in New York City. The school is located in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.
ATI Systems was awarded the contract to provide a complete indoor notification system capable of providing real-time emergency and essential information. The system consists of seven (7) Indoor Speaker Units (ISUs) and is controlled by a central Control Station (CS). Each ISU can provide 400 watts of acoustic power to provide speaker coverage in the designated buildings of the school.
The Indoor Speaker System is activated via wireless radio frequency. The central Control Station is used for activating, controlling and monitoring the entire system.
The central Control Station is configured with ATI Systems’ proprietary MassAlert software. This software features advanced graphics and monitoring capabilities that contribute to a simple, intuitive interface, which is easy to use even in the most stressful emergency situations. ATI’s advanced MassAlert software utilizes a graphical user interface for overall control and monitoring of the system. MassAlert provides system zoning capabilities that allow selective activation of some or all school buildings, allowing broadcast of both live audio announcements and /or automated or computer generated messages.
Acoustic Technology, Inc. (ATI Systems) was selected as the Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner for Best Mass Notification System Hardware by American Security Today for the REACT 5000 Communication Control Unit. ATI was also honored with the platinum award for Extraordinary Leadership in Homeland Security. ATI’s next generation REACT5000 Central Control Unit (CCU) provides advanced monitoring and control features that enhance the entire line of ATI Mass Notification products.
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is a prestigious program that highlights the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today. The program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.
“As the nation continues to respond to escalating threats from home and abroad, the innovative solutions being implemented to meet those threats, has led to tremendous growth in the field of Homeland Security,” said Michael Madsen, cofounder and publisher of American Security.
“‘ASTORS’ nominations are evaluated on their technical innovation, interoperability, specific impact within the category, overall impact to the industry, relatability to other industry technologies, and application feasibility outside of the industry,” according to Tammy Waitt, co-founder and editorial director of American Security Today.
ATI Systems has become synonymous with state-of-the-art Mass Notification Systems (MNS) and has a reputation of producing systems that are reliable and secure. The new REACT5000 Central Control Unit (CCU) is the latest addition to ATI’s award-winning Mass Notification line and provides enhancements that add value in a wide range of applications. An intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) provides a better user experience, while multiple form factors provide mounting flexibility. Additional support for communication links for both IP and non-IP, along with enhanced encryption options, provide a more robust and secure system.
The REACT5000 Central Control Unit (CCU) provides enhanced control and monitoring of ATI remote units such as the Indoor Speaker Unit (ISU) and the High-Powered Speaker Station (HPSS). It serves as a key component in the creation of a powerful and flexible Mass Notification System (MNS). The REACT5000’s advanced features leverage the proven capabilities of the ISU and HPSS.
An intuitive touch screen interface allows for the activation of tone alerts, recorded voice messages or live PA, and displays the status of remote units. It makes a convenient standalone controller for a small system or a subsection of a larger system. The REACT5000 may also be used in conjunction with ATI’s MassAlert™ software running on a PC or server. The geographical map overview provided by MassAlert allows for complete control of complex multi-location MNS applications, particularly if the user chooses a larger desktop or wall mount video display.
The REACT5000 supports multiple simultaneous communication paths to provide the most robust notification system available. It provides improved support for Ethernet/IP but also improves support for non-IP wireless communication. As part of the ongoing effort to stay ahead, the REACT5000 family of CCUs is based on a modern ARM microcontroller which includes hardware acceleration for encryption and IP stacks with the latest security options. In addition, all ATI RTUs and CCUs have built-in batteries so the system works even if local power or communication networks are down.
“We are honored to be recognized for our achievements in American Security Today’s distinguished 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program. It’s great that American Security Today can bring such cutting-edge life safety and security technologies together under one roof,” said Tarek Bassiouni, Business Development Manager for ATI Systems, who attended the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 and accepted the awards for ATI.