Information is a powerful tool and so are mass notifications. Mass notifications are designed to disseminate important pieces of information to concerned people like events, threats to their safety and security, and even instructions on how to address problems that suddenly arise. It is indeed safe to say that mass notifications have a hand in making people feel more safe and secured. A closer look at mass notifications will hopefully make you understand how they work and make you realize how they influence your life.
- How Mass Notifications Work
Understanding how mass notifications work is certainly easier than learning how to manage a PBX system all by yourself. The system receives and processes input signals that come from a variety of sources and this is what triggers the activation of the mass notification system. You probably do not notice but mass notification devices are almost everywhere. Smoke detectors, weather forecast equipment, fire alarms, and many different kinds of sensors are mass notification devices. Part of mass notifications is the event monitoring phase. The even monitoring phase typically makes use of modern touch screen technology in order to have a closer view of the event that is being held and monitored. Most of them have the zoom option that allows close ups. Some mass notification devices you may see on the market enables prompt and spontaneous feedback that also comes with pre-recorded instructions just in case a problem arises.
- Reaching Their Targets
If you are wondering how mass notifications reach their targets, they often go through means that will immediately catch the attention of as many people as possible. Speakers are one of the most commonly used devices for reaching targets. They are loud and can easily be heard by the concerned individuals. The only downside is that they might cause hysteria. Since speakers can be a bit aggressive when notifying the masses, it should be used with caution and careful discretion. Can you imagine happily losing it on the dance floor when you suddenly hear a loud voice emanating from huge speakers telling you that there’s fire and you have to leave the building immediately? It is the best way to hurriedly take people out of a potentially burning room together with a really loud fire alarm but it will not help if the voice coming from the speakers is also in panic mode. Not only will it make people more nervous than they already are, it can also do more damage than harm by creating hysteria and panic which can result to stampedes.
Aside from speakers, email notifications and pop ups on computer screens are also utilized in mass notification. They are the more low-profile mass notifications, only when it comes to sound. Email notifications are most often used to disseminate information that does not need immediate attention. Companies and businesses use this service to let stakeholders know of recent changes or updates that might concern them.
- When Mass Notification Fails
But what will happen if concerned parties do not receive the notification? If you have had the chance to receive a mass notification at least once or twice especially through emails, you probably noticed that some of them ask for your permission to notify the sender that you received the notification. This receipt enables the sender to determine whether he or she still needs to resend the email, especially if they are of utmost importance. Mass notifications may be sent to different groups of people. They could be sent to a group of students on campus, employees of a corporation, or members of a community.