Alertex systems for school lockdown solution
Aceda now offer the Alertex system of wireless battery powered critical alert units which provide a clear warning to an event requiring the school to lockdown.
With schools starting to return to normality, Ofsted school inspections will be resuming. As part of the inspection, schools will be asked if they have a Lockdown Policy – this can be a simple document with guidelines only – no actual Lockdown system has had to be installed. However, Ofsted now advocate a dedicated lockdown alarm to be in place, distinctive to the sound of the fire alarm. This is in line with advice from NACTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office) which states that the ‘use of fire alarms should be avoided to reduce incorrect response to an incident’. A poor showing with regards to the safety of pupils in the case of emergency will impact an Ofsted inspection negatively, therefore schools are looking to implement lockdown systems in accordance with their policy.
We are now able to offer the Alertex system of wireless battery powered critical alert units which provide a clear warning to an event requiring the school to lockdown in the North East and North Yorkshire areas.
Alertex units offer an audible AND visual alert to pupils and staff and are distinguishable from fire alerts which of course mean evacuate the building. The units can be quickly installed on the school site minimising disruption to the learning environment. When one Alertex device is activated it will trigger all units in range to sound an audible alert or lockdown message, accompanied by a flashing beacon light.
Both internal and external variants are available and decibel levels can be adjusted accordingly. There are 32 sounds to choose from. Alternatively, an annunciator variant can be ordered which has a built-in strobe with a standard lockdown message or the school may wish to record their own.
For more information on the Alertex range of critical alerts contact the Aceda Customer Services team on 03300 554 218.