Improvements ensure prompt response to staff personal alarms
Staff personal alarm system manufacturer, Pinpoint, has launched a new application for PCs and mobile devices to its system portfolio.
“The new applications are designed to ensure response staff receive information as quickly as possible”, said Allan Aikman, senior design engineer at Pinpoint.
“The new technology builds on the proven features of the traditional alarm system, adds speed, and increases accuracy and reliability.”
Pinpoint Mobile Alert is an application that enables mobile, Android-based devices to receive information like alarms, patient calls and system status updates.
Data transmission utilises any available connection like Wi-Fi, LTE and 4G technology, providing better coverage and reliability than traditional paging systems.
The range is virtually unlimited and message delivery almost always guaranteed.
Bad or no reception does not stop, but only delays delivery until the connection can be re-established.
As soon as an alarm is activated on the Pinpoint System and sent to the mobile device, a full-screen notification appears, indicating the level of call, the system it originated from, the zone ,and the location of the call button or personal transmitter. The notification will wake the device if it is in stand-by mode, make it vibrate and emit an audible alert.
The display differentiates between active and resolved alarms on separate tabs. Each user can clearly see which alarms are ongoing and for how long. They can also review alarms that have already been dealt with.
Each user is set up with a personalised profile that specifies which alarm types and call zones the mobile application should respond to.
The profile settings can be accessed from any device with the correct user name and PIN, meaning users can access their settings and event history from any device that has the application installed.
The application is easy to set up and the display can be customised to the needs of individual organisations.
Call levels can be added and changed at any time by a user with admin privileges through a web portal.
And designated system supervisors receive maintenance alerts if the Pinpoint System detects any issues like units going offline, or problems with the power supply, and the alerts are automatically forwarded to the Pinpoint Priority Service team.
Pinpoint PC Alert, the new desktop application, displays Pinpoint System status information on any nominated PC.
Each terminal can be configured to display all or a selection of alarm types from any number of addresses on the Pinpoint System. This means that certain areas of a ward or building can be allocated to specific members of staff who routinely use the computer.
Unless an alarm is raised, the application remains dormant in the system tray of the computer and has no impact on its performance.
But, if an event triggers an alarm, an audible alert sounds and a pop-up window opens on top of any application running at the time, displaying the level of call, location, description, and time.
The PC Alert application can be programmed to automatically start when the computer starts up and can be opened at any time to check the status of the Pinpoint System.
The new applications are fully backward compatible with legacy Pinpoint Systems through the addition of a cloud interface for Pinpoint Mobile Alert or an Etherbridge for Pinpoint PC Alert.