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e2Campus Adds Scala 5 Digital Signage Notifications
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Emergency notification service e2Campus will now work with Scala 5 digital signage. e2Campus vendor Omnilert said Scala has become a certified endpoint provider, which lets clients send alerts to their school's digital signage systems as part of a broader notification without having to access Scala's content management system separately. One institutional user of the new capability is West Chester University of Pennsylvania, which recently expanded its digital signage.
The value of the integration, the company explained in a statement, is that students and others who haven't enrolled in e2Campus may still get the alerts from the school's LCD/plasma TV displays run by Scala. An alert issued in e2Campus will automatically override Scala's displayed content within a minute.
"During an emergency, every second counts," said Robert Koolen, company president. "The campus police chief ordinarily would not know how to, or have direct access to update digital signs spread across campus. Now that Scala 5 is certified to work with e2Campus, all the police chief has to do is issue an e2Campus alert, and the digital signs update themselves."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.