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Emergency management improvements in city of Denver.

Nighthawk Systems : 28 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Next generation emergency management system installed by Nighthawk Systems at the Denver Office of Emergency Management.
Nighthawk Systems has delivered an initial order of 36 of its newly developed Emergency Alert Units ("EAU's") to the Denver Office of Emergency Management.

The Office of Emergency Management manages the Emergency Operations Centre during any major emergency or disaster and activates emergency warning systems.

The City of Denver, in conjunction with the Denver Fire Department, began using Nighthawk products years ago to successfully improve the reliability of their civil defence siren system. As a result of that success, the Denver Office of Emergency Management approached Nighthawk with a request to design and develop a next generation emergency notification system to replace the old analogue system currently in use. Product for this project, which was conceived in 2007, was delivered over the past two months. Testing of the equipment has now been completed and the units have been successfully integrated into the City of Denver's private communications network. These initial units have been installed in municipal buildings throughout Denver. The Nighthawk EAU utilizes digital messaging to activate an audible alarm and display a custom message on a scrolling LED sign. The onboard intelligence of the product gives the Office of Emergency Management the ability to vary the length and duration of the alarm and message, and also enables a group call feature which allows the Office of Emergency Management to activate or deactivate a single EAU, a designated group of devices, or all the devices operating on the system.

Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk's CEO, stated, "The EAU units are a logical extension of our product and service offerings. As with most of our products, these devices give the user centralised, on demand control of multiple devices at multiple locations. The units allow the Office of Emergency Management to alert both the private and public sector with real-time, specific information relative to the emergency that is occurring. Our reputation for reliability led to this opportunity with the City of Denver and with their support and endorsement, we hope to take this new product initiative to the next level. This system deserves serious consideration for mission critical applications in public facilities such as schools, hospitals, shopping areas and high-traffic locations."
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