MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that the White Bear Lake and Wayzata school districts in Minnesota have selected Honeywell Instant Alert(R) for Schools, a Web-based notification service, to help improve school-to-parent communication.
Instant Alert gives administrators a way to deliver clear, consistent messages to families, faculty and staff. The service is capable of sending 150,000 30-second phone calls in 15 minutes and 6,400 text-based messages per minute. In addition, it can broadcast alerts to any communication device -- phone, cell phone, pager, e-mail and PDA -- increasing the likelihood that parents will receive critical information.
The service is an efficient alternative to "phone trees" and other outdated practices like printing and distributing flyers. Schools can use Instant Alert to deliver both emergency and routine news, from school-closing notices to report-card reminders. For example, Wayzata Public Schools recently sent an alert to inform parents of a bomb threat at one of the district's schools.
"As technology progresses, parents are expecting information faster," said Bob Noyed, director of communications for Wayzata Public Schools, which serves almost 10,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students. "Schools need to acknowledge that by advancing their communication process. Instant Alert allows our district to reach parents quickly with important and accurate information."
To use Instant Alert, an authorized representative from Wayzata or White Bear Lake can initiate a message through a secure Web site or by phone. The service pulls contact information for parents and guardians from each district's student information database, and the message is instantly relayed to all available contact points.
Instant Alert allows the districts to develop specialized lists -- including sports teams, clubs, parent organizations and grade levels -- and send customized messages to these groups. To help combat truancy, teachers and administrators can send alerts to individual parents.
"We also can record messages in different languages for the parents of our diverse student body," said Susan Brott, communications coordinator at White Bear Lake Area Public Schools, which serves more than 8,000 kindergarten through 12th-grade students. "Our demographics are constantly changing, and Instant Alert offers the flexibility we need to make sure we are communicating in ways the entire population can understand."
Wayzata and White Bear Lake join more than 500 other districts across the country that use Instant Alert. The service helps reach more than 900,000 people across 1,900 schools.
"Instant Alert solves one of the main challenges for schools: knowing where and how to reach parents and guardians," said Luca Mazzei, director of Americas marketing at Honeywell Building Solutions. "The service provides a quick, direct link to parents, whether they're at home, at work or somewhere in between."
For more information about Honeywell Instant Alert for Schools and Instant Alert Plus, a new version of the service for colleges and universities, municipalities, government, businesses, and healthcare and industrial facilities, visit http://www.honeywell.com/instantalert.
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