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Essex Primary School Installs Multi-Sensory Lockdown Alert System – Bodet Press Release

Noak Bridge Primary School uses Bodet’s IP/PoE Harmonys System to increase safety and communication

Bodet are glad to welcome Noak Bridge Primary School in Basildon as a new customer, using our Harmonys Lockdown Alert System. The school selected our Harmonys Trio sounders with audio broadcast, LED display and visual indicator ensure that all children, including those with assisted hearing, will be alerted in the event of an emergency.

An IP/PoE multi-function solution, Harmonys can feature Lockdown Alert, Class Change, PA functionality, Synchronised Clocks and streaming music.

If you would like more information about Harmonys, please contact us.

Essex Primary School Installs Multi-Sensory Lockdown Alert System

Noak Bridge Primary School in Basildon has just installed a dynamic lockdown alert system to inform staff and students what actions they must take for their own safety should a crisis occur.

Deputy head and inclusion manager, Clare Barrett, commented, “Noak Bridge is a single form entry school with over 200 pupils with ages ranging from 4 to 11 years. With such a broad age range, it is critical that in an emergency situation, any instructional information must be clear and easily understood, especially by the younger children.”

The system was installed by Hertfordshire-based Bodet during the summer holiday and includes a master clock, a central control box, seven internal Trio sounders and two external sounders.

The control box has four activation buttons, each activating specific announcements for partial lockdown, full lockdown, evacuate or all clear. Alerts can also be triggered by using the Harmonys Notify App. For users wishing to broadcast microphone announcements the Harmonys Talk app is available. In addition, an alert can be triggered by telephone for specifically permitted telephone numbers which the system administrator can control.

The internal wall-mounted Trio sounders are multifunctional incorporating a flashing light and an LED message display as well as the sounder. During normal schooldays the sounder is in standby mode, and the LED display shows accurate time in a digital format that is synchronised by the master clock. When an alert is activated, the display changes to a scrolling text message of up to 50 characters to visibly reinforce the audible announcement. At the same time that the alert is broadcast, a flashing light is also activated which not only draws attention to the announcement, but enables those with hearing difficulties to be alerted.

The seven internal Trio sounders are located at strategic points within the school and are supplemented by two external speakers covering the playground and outbuildings.

Mrs Barrett added, “Within our school we have children with a wide range of needs including assisted hearing so the Trio sounders being multi-sensory means all children will be able to access and respond to the alerts. Being able to create our own messages also gives us the option to set up pre-recorded announcements for things such as wet play. The opportunity for the system to broadcast music will be explored at a later date. We want to develop the system and have the app installed on the phones of all staff, so if an incident should occur such as an intruder is spotted on site, the alert can be activated rapidly and maximise the safety of everybody at the school.”


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