Rhode Island School of Design Keeps Students Safe with Amcom Software's ... - MarketWatch (press release)

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --System notifies school's onsite public safety department when a 911 call is made, enabling them to provide valuable assistance to first responders

Amcom Software, Inc. today announced that Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is relying on Amcom's enhanced 911 (E911) solution to help direct emergency and onsite responders to a 911 caller's precise location on the 40-building campus. The Amcom solution integrates with the phone system of the Providence-based college and has helped improve the safety of students, staff, and visitors. This is made possible by ensuring the local 911 call center receives accurate information about where 911 calls originate, including the building, floor, and room number.

When a 911 call is placed from a campus phone, the 911 call center receives the exact location of the caller, allowing emergency personnel to be dispatched to the correct place. Amcom Software's E911 solution also notifies RISD's Public Safety Department and certain onsite staff members when a 911 call is made. In this way, RISD security personnel can meet first responders at the scene and help manage the situation.

"Being an art school means having students work on projects in various buildings and studios throughout the campus at all hours of the day and night," said Judy Tanzi, Manager of Telecommunications, Rhode Island School of Design. "Implementing the Amcom E911 solution has provided a greater sense of security in knowing that first responders are able to reach 911 callers more quickly, no matter when calls occur or where the caller is located on campus."

"Amcom's enhanced 911 solution is an excellent fit with Rhode Island School of Design's dedication to providing everyone on campus a safe environment," said Chris Heim, President, Amcom Software. "An increasing number of colleges and universities are evaluating their safety procedures and realizing enhanced 911 is essential to effective campus-wide emergency response."

About Rhode Island School of Design Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international reputation as the leading college of art and design in the United States. Approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor's or master's degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning -- one in which critical thinking informs making works by hand. Required courses in the liberal arts provide an essential complement to studio work, enabling graduates to become critical and informed individuals eager to engage with the world. Through the accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions the vital role artists and designers play in satisfying the global demand for innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced "RIZ-dee") and the RISD Museum of Art help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit www.risd.edu .

About Amcom Software Amcom Software, a subsidiary of USA Mobility, Inc. /quotes/zigman/94770/quotes/nls/usmo USMO +0.32% , connects people to each other and to the data they need. This helps organizations save lives with communications that are faster, more accurate, and more efficient. Amcom Software's unified communications technologies include solutions for contact centers, emergency management, mobile event notification, and messaging. The company's products are used by leading organizations in healthcare, hospitality, education, business, and government. By continually developing its industry-leading technologies, Amcom Software has rapidly grown and solidified its market leadership. For more information, call 800.852.8935 or go to http://www.amcomsoftware.com or find us on Twitter @AmcomSoftware.

SOURCE: Amcom Software, Inc.

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