Bogen and Omnilert integrate active shooter detection with mass communication and automated responses

Posted by Brianna Crandall — September 15, 2022 — Bogen Communications, a longstanding provider of commercial audio and voice communications technology, recently announced a technology partnership with Omnilert, a provider of emergency communication and active shooter solutions. The goal of Omnilert’s Active Shooter Solution integration with Bogen’s Nyquist campus communication systems is to address the growing incidents of campus gun violence with a system that’s designed to identify potential active shooter threats and to expedite automated emergency response programs — all expected to occur within mere seconds of a verified gun detection.

Bogen Nyquist E7000MCR

The full-featured Nyquist E7000MCR is a preassembled Nyquist E7000 system that offers a simplified installation and configuration process. Image courtesy of Bogen Communications. Click to enlarge.

Bogen Communications’ Nyquist System is a software-centric, state-of-the-art, Internet protocol (IP)-based paging and intercom solution that leverages the latest software technologies and third-party integrations. Omnilert provides a highly effective Active Shooter Solution that can save lives through the unique combination of early visual detection, mass communication and automated response. The integration with Nyquist unlocks a full suite of campus-wide communications for automated emergency responses that are intended to occur during those crucial first seconds of an incident. This can include automatically locking doors, sounding of alarms, prerecorded public announcements (PAs) and escalation to first responders.

Randall Lee, vice president of Marketing and Product Management at Bogen Communications, stated:

Our priority is designing reliable solutions that continuously improve the safety and security for education facilities and campuses. Our technology partnership with Omnilert creates a unified solution for automating emergency responses using our campus communications systems. With Nyquist, educators can quickly and effectively manage both everyday and emergency campus and district-wide communications.

Bogen Communications’ Nyquist system addresses the fast-evolving safety and security challenges facing today’s education facilities. The core of the Nyquist solution’s integration to Omnilert is a powerful, Nyquist Routines application program interface (API) that allows third-party systems like Omnilert’s Active Shooter Solution to access and control all the Nyquist system’s features — including automated emergency audible and visual paging, relay control of third-party devices like access controls, and classroom check-in status using scenario-based scripted routines.

Omnilert’s Active Shooter Solution

Omnilert’s Emergency Communications and Automation Platform shares needed intelligence through automatic activation of emergency response plans and safety systems. Image courtesy of Omnilert. Click to enlarge.

Dave Fraser, CEO at Omnilert, remarked:

We’re excited to work with Bogen because it will accelerate the deployment of solutions into the education market that can save lives. We’re designed to fit into and extend existing systems, so customers can more quickly and easily take advantage of life-saving technologies.

Omnilert’s Active Shooter Solution is a complete, end-to-end solution that encompasses detection, notification, first responder escalation and powerful automation capabilities. Its open architecture allows for interoperability with other services and systems to seamlessly work within an organization’s existing tools and workflows. Unlike other options that merely identify weapons, Omnilert’s solution recognizes a firearm and the human movements and behavior consistent with gun violence and then automates a full response plan within seconds to help keep people safe.

For more information about Bogen Communications’ Nyquist E7000 IP-Based Paging System, visit the company’s website. For 90 years, Bogen has been a premier provider of commercial amplifiers, speakers, and intercom systems for music, paging, and educational applications.

For more information about Omnilert’s Active Shooter Solution, visit the company’s website. Founded in 2004, Omnilert is the trusted partner to thousands of customers across multiple industries including K-12 schools, higher education, government, healthcare, manufacturing and retail.