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TSU Successfully Tests Revolutionary Emergency Alert System   
(Gives Revolutionary RAVEN™ Keychain Thumbs Up)

HOUSTON, Texas – April 27 – Texas Southern University (TSU) announced today that it has successfully tested a new state-of-the-art emergency alert system.  The system, designed by IntelliGuard Systems, LLC, provides immediate and simultaneous notification to students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency. Through advances in micro technology, the Intelliguard System™ delivers messages in less than 20 seconds to all persons with a dedicated messaging device, the RAVEN™ Keychain, which emits a loud audible alert upon receipt of an emergency message, guiding students, faculty and staff out of harms way. The Intelliguard System™ was tested by more than 50 TSU students, faculty and staff, each of which was provided a RAVEN™ Keychain, weighing less than an ounce and about two and a quarter inches long.  Scattering to remote parts of the TSU campus, participants found that the system simultaneously alerted them and provided instructions within 14 seconds of dispatch.

J. Roy Pottle, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of IntelliGuard Systems, LLC said, “We could not be more pleased to have partnered with Texas Southern University in a test of our new emergency alert system.  Its commitment to technology and state-of-the-art facilities, spread over a 150 acre campus in Houston’s historic Third Ward, made it an ideal environment for us to confirm the speed and reliability of our system and the attributes of our mobile messaging devices, including the RAVEN™ Keychain.”

Chief Byars, a veteran of 33 years, who also serves as the Director of Public Safety for the TSU campus, commented; “We wanted a system that was not in the public domain, particularly the email and text messaging systems currently in use. In times of crisis, human nature takes over and usage multiplies -- these systems feed on themselves and messages, which are delivered sequentially, become increasingly delayed.” The University is investing in its own dedicated network infrastructure, which includes back-up generators , wireless transmitters and network controllers, all dedicated solely to emergency alert.

Dave Andersen, President & Chief Operating Officer of Intelliguard further noted “the fact that less than 120 days passed from the date of our first meeting to our successful test speaks to Texas Southern’s commitment to its students and new technologies that provide clear benefits.  They immediately recognized the limitation of existing email and text messaging systems and could not have done more, or acted quicker, to consider, evaluate and now test all elements of our system and related messaging devices.”   

IntelliGuard’s Pottle and Anderson echoed university officials, President Rudley and Police Chief Byars in setting a goal of 100% participation in the new program. Pottle indicated; “We need to have the support of the students, parents, residents and businesses in the surrounding community to develop a strong campus safety program. Alerting and directing tens of thousands of people out of harm’s way simultaneously in a matter of seconds is a challenging task that requires cooperative advance preparation”.

The RAVENKeychain and Wall Unit (which alerts critical locations like classrooms) are products of advances in micro-technology and wireless messaging by IntelliGuard Systems™, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Messaging™, a leading provider of immediate notification systems and messaging devices serving over one million first responders and other emergency personnel.


Company Contact:  Jenna Richardson (602) 448-0396  jenna.richardson@americanmessaging.net


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IntelliGuard Systems™, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Messaging, LLC based out of Lewisville, Texas. American Messaging, is the second largest traditional paging company in the United States. With over 1.2 million customers providing a wide range of paging services.


 
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