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Personal Protection Alarm Links Into School Security Systems

Panasonic Systems Integration : 10 June, 2010  (New Product)
The Classroom A+ Audio System from Panasonic incorporates single-push alert button activating wireless microphone and triggering local surveillance cameras
Panasonic has announced the industry's first combination classroom audio/security device, the A+ Audio System, which puts one-button access to immediate assistance within instructors' reach in case of a security emergency. In day-to-day use, the Panasonic WX-LT350 infrared wireless microphone enables the instructor to be heard clearly, even by students in the back of the room. In the event of a security incident, such as an intruder entering the classroom, a medical emergency or student disturbance, the instructor can easily push a button on the pendant microphone to send a silent alarm and to trigger video surveillance of the incident.

An alert button is built into the WX-LT350 microphone, which is worn as a pendant around the instructor's neck. Pressing and holding the Function (F) button sends a silent and invisible alert, providing responders a variety of options, including viewing and listening to what is happening in the classroom via network camera and microphone. Video captured in the classroom can be viewed on a web browser for off-site officials.

Normally serving as a document camera to provide visual aid for students, the Panasonic WV-NS202A IP camera becomes a surveillance tool when the Function button is held - instantly and quietly refocusing to a pre-set position for real-time surveillance of the security incident. Other Panasonic camera options are also available. In this unique application, the Panasonic WX-LA50A receiver/amplifier reacts to an alarm signal from the microphone by repositioning the camera to the preset point, such as a zoom out to encompass the entire classroom, and forwards an alert to the network. The system provides options to send a signal to a pre-designated security department and email messages to a pre-selected list of recipients.

"The new security response capabilities of our A+ Audio System provide a real advantage, giving teachers, administrators and students added peace of mind at a time when school violence is on the rise and concerns about classroom safety are more urgent than ever," said Bill Taylor, President, Panasonic System Networks Company of America.

The WX-LA50A receiver/amplifier can communicate across the network with the use of a monitoring station to provide immediate emergency information without the need for access to a computer, using audible and visual alerts and an at-a-glance alert status display. Other appropriate responses - such as alert emails, special ring tones, and access to web-based audio and video - are determined and implemented by school administrators.

Mr Taylor adds, "These security features provide an additional benefit over and above the audio system's day-to-day function to transform the classroom learning experience. Sound enhancement technology in the classroom provides greater acoustic accessibility to every student, and now our audio system even makes students safer. In a school security emergency, faster awareness enables faster response."
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