WIN-911 Alarm Notification Software Adds Layer of Protection to SCADA Systems
In the past, monitoring the safety systems of any facility was a challenge. Personnel in charge had to be highly trained to know exactly what every light and sound meant. In many cases, they also had to be present at the control panel at all times to respond to an emergency in a timely manner.
But, what if an alarm system could simply call the right people for help, telling them exactly what was wrong?
WIN-911 Software does precisely that, improving performance of safety and maintenance personnel in facilities around the globe in the process. The software utilizes parameters already set in place by existing system control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. The program essentially acts as an efficient middleman, quickly translating messages from the warning system into messages that are easily accessed and understood.
Founded in Houston in 1974 in response to growing demand in the field of process control automation, WIN-911 is the recognized industry leader in alarm notification software. Used in more than 10,000 facilities spread across 65 countries around the globe, company representatives say that adding their software to any monitoring system can reduce personnel costs, raw material waste, energy costs, and machine maintenance costs. From manufacturing and automated production to preservation efforts that protect local ecosystems, WIN-911 can be integrated into virtually any number of preventative systems.
For nearly all alarm systems, the task of informing a response team of the exact nature and location of a problem takes quite a bit of precious time. What sets WIN-911 apart is its intelligent decision matrix that is able to prioritize and relay accurate information about every alarm. Graded responses are provided based on the issue, and early warnings provide an opportunity to solve an issue before it becomes an expensive – or dangerous – problem.
The biggest advantage WIN-911 software has is it’s ability to interface with mobile devices and contact available personnel wherever they may be. The pager and lexicon system, which sends workers an alert on a pager that they must then translate using a lexicon, has now been made obsolete by the Mobile-911 system. WIN-911 will send prioritized voice messages to assigned personnel describing the nature and location of any generated alarm, eliminating guess work and improving response times.
WIN-911 is revolutionizing alarm notification alerts in every industry imaginable. Patrolmen, caregivers and maintenance workers no longer need to spend countless hours staring at a computer screen waiting for the next potential emergency. They can receive alerts from anywhere and respond immediately.
The roster of those using the company’s alarm notification software includes Charter Communications, Cliffs Natural Resources, Bank of America, and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and hundreds of others. The ten largest U.S. cities also use it as a part of their water and wastewater processing plants. They are joined by 400 other municipalities around the world who use WIN-911 to help monitor their public utilities. Museums, aquariums and libraries use it to help them monitor vital environmental conditions to protect artifacts and wildlife, while research centers utilize it to maintain the integrity of “clean” rooms. Several environmentally sensitive sites, including New Zealand’s Mount Ruapehu’s crater, installed WIN-911 as part of their natural disaster warning system. The software was also selected for One World Trade Center (AKA the “Freedom Tower”) in New York City as well as the Masjid al Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest mosque in the world and primary destination for those embarking on the Hajj pilgrimage. Most recently, WIN-911 software has been installed at one of the most advanced research centers in the world, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France.
The future looks bright for the Texas-based company. Having just expanded their presence by opening a branch office in Grenoble, France (home of strategic partner Micromedia International), the company also plans to open an Asia-Pacific office later this year.