Emergency Communications FAQs

Frequently asked questions about OnAlert Emergency Communication displays.

Q: Which types of systems do OnAlert Emergency LED Displays integrate with?

A: Inova OnAlert Emergency LED Displays are built with a flexible architecture that can be integrated with a variety of emergency notification and life safety platforms, including Emergency Communication Systems (ECS), Mass Notification Systems (MNS) and network-centric, crisis communication platforms.

Q: How are OnAlert Signs powered?

A: Inova OnAlert Emergency LED displays are powered by Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology, a network standard that draws both data and power from a single network connection, so no AC outlets are needed. PoE eliminates the need for wall transformers, allows for centralized UPS backup, and is fully compatible with powered and non-powered 10/100BaseT Ethernet devices. Since PoE devices consume significantly less energy than AC-powered devices, they are widely regarded as energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly. OnAlert Displays integrating with a life safety system can optionally be powered by 24V DC with PoE serving as a backup. These displays are also energy efficient and provide extra assurance that messages will be relayed as long as possible, no matter what the emergency.

Q: What types of messages can the OnAlert displays send?

A: OnAlert Emergency LED Displays can be programmed to send custom, pre-programmed messages based on priority from an ECS or MNS.  OnAlert signs can also leverage Inova LightLink® software for enhanced messaging options, including grouping by zone, first-responder and manual follow-up messages.

Q: Do OnAlert displays satisfy requirements from the National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA72)?

A: Yes.  OnAlert Emergency LED Displays can provide primary or supplemental visual crisis emergency notification that satisfies NFPA72 code 24.4.3.18 (use of Textual and Graphical Visible Appliances).

Q: Can OnAlert displays other information when they are not in ‘emergency mode’?

A: Yes.  OnAlert Emergency LED Displays can be set to communicate everyday information such as date and time, weather or HR messaging.