ASK THE BOARD: Testing Emergency Notifications

How do you test emergency notification functionality on large-scale digital signage networks?
This week’s question is answered by members of the DSE Advisory Board

Read the Answer by Jonathan Brawn

“I think this will be an obvious one, but like the cell phone alerts we all receive now, and the cable TV-based alerts, the only way to test is to actually send out a test message. It needs to be clearly labeled as such of course.”
Principal – Brawn Consulting

Read the Answer by Lyle Bunn

“Plan to test the system when viewership is at its lowest to minimize confusion. When testing, display a message that will not increase anxiety or be confused for an actual safety alert or notification.”
Advisor, Analyst, Educator – BUNN

Read the Answer by Margot Myers

“The first consideration is whether all displays on the network are connected to one central location. Some networks start with one content management software package and other pieces of the network are added over time, some with a different CMS.”
Global Marketing & Communications – The Platt Retail Institute

Read the Answer by Jeff Porter

“Since your screens are networked and you control the playlists and schedules, it is a simple matter to over-ride those with a touch of a button to put up your emergency message.”
Founder & CEO – Porter Digital Signage

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