Convergint finds communications piece of puzzle in ALERiTY

Eaton Cooper Notification product called a ‘robust solution’ for complete life safety
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LAS VEGAS—Dan Moceri, CEO of Convergint Technologies, said Eaton Cooper Notification’s new IP network-based ALERiTY line is the mass notification solution his company has been looking for.

The Schaumburg, Ill.-based integrator said the company was able to offer customers strong security and fire solutions. But until now with ALERiTY, Convergint “didn’t have a robust solution on the communications side” to complete the package, Moceri told Security Systems News at the ISC West show, held here in early April.

ALERiTY, released in late 2013, stood out at the show. It won the Best Emergency Communications System award in the ISC West New Product Showcase.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Marla Moran, Cooper’s global commercialization leader, told SSN.

The company describes ALERiTY as “a one-click solution to launch critical messages across its three layers of MNS—in building, wide area and distributed recipient. … [It integrates with] fire alarm control panels, sensors, paging and LED digital display signs.”

“You can program it all in one button if you choose,” Moran said.

Moceri said Convergint aims to provide a total solution for customers and ALERiTY allows it to provide that. He added that Convergint also demands that its partners be of high quality and Eaton Cooper Notification fits that bill, offering “best in the industry” service and support.

Moceri cited large community college campuses in Portland, Ore. and Texas as places where Convergint has used ALERiTY as a solution.

Ted Milburn, Cooper’s VP of marketing, added that ALERiTY is “a scalable product” allowing each end user “to do the piece you want.”

For example, an end user might need only the in-building and wide area applications, but can add the distributed recipient component, such as text messages and emails, in the future as needed, Milburn said.

The system can be remotely monitored and upgraded, and can provide situational awareness through integration with “fire alarm control panels, chemical sensors, detection systems and paging systems, ” according to the company.

Eaton, a diversified power management company, bought Cooper Industries in 2012.