Leading Global Air-Transport Company Chooses OnPage

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Onset Technology, creator of OnPage Priority Messaging®, announced today that one of the world’s largest helicopter and air-transport service companies has chosen OnPage to help prioritize time-sensitive messaging within the organization. For over 70 years, the rotary and fixed-wing aviation company has been serving international clients with offshore transport, search and rescue, and emergency medical services. Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology said, “We are pleased to have this air-transport leader entrust their time-sensitive communications to OnPage. They tested OnPage and found it to be a bullet-proof solution for their high-priority messaging needs. Speed, reliability, and efficiency can make the difference in critical situations. We are proud to be their solution of choice.” An International air-transport service At any given moment in time, the company’s fleet of aircraft are transporting men and women to the world’s offshore oil rigs and vessels, airlifting injured people to safety, and transferring critically ill […] Read more »

Family Celebrates Century Of Volunteer Firefighting

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“When the pagers go off, it’s like stereophonic sound.” That’s what Mom says about her family of three boys and their Dad — all volunteer firefighters. Volunteer firefighting is a tradition in this Mayer, Minnesota family. Combined, the family has served over 100 years putting out fires, protecting property, and saving lives. Rod Maetzold (Dad), is Mayer’s fire chief. The three sons — Jon, Andy, and Adam have been volunteering since they turned 18. Together, at one point, the family made up almost a third of the entire small town fire department. They sometimes joked around and called the firehouse the Maetzold Fire Department. It’s been a rewarding experience for the family, but also one that has not been easy. One evening, Andy Maetzold was dispatched to the scene of an accident. Inside the single car rollover he saw a friend. It was one of the toughest accident scenes Andy […] Read more »

What Does IT Downtime Cost Your Business?

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Can You Guess the Average Cost of IT Downtime? $50,00 per incident $100,000 per incident $250,000 per incident $500,000 per incident MORE THAN $500,000 per incident Here’s How to Increase Responsiveness and Decrease IT Downtime for Healht Care and for IT. The answer is #5 – the average outage incident in a health care environment costs $690,000, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute & Emerson Network Power. Large enterprise groups, according to the study, may incur costs exceeding $1.74 million per incident. The Cost of the Outage Alone is Only Part of the Picture: Today, the healthcare industry is dependent on data for clinical metrics, patient care, billing, reporting, and more. Server downtime is not only costly, but can be detrimental to daily operations. Fines associated with each incident can increase the cost substantially, depending on a number of factors such as the length of data downtime and the […] Read more »

COTS Relies on OnPage Priority Messaging Alerts System When Disaster Strikes

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COTS – the Central Ohio Trauma System relied on the OnPage Priority Messaging Alerts System to a help disseminate accurate and timely situational awareness during the sub-zero temperatures of last winter’s Polar Vortex. And, it relies on OnPage today to help save lives whenever disaster strikes.  The Polar Vortex Threatens a Hospital Network In the winter of 2014, the Polar Vortex covered much of the United States and temperatures in Ohio plummeted to record lows. The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) received numerous requests from central Ohio healthcare agencies for immediate and accurate communications about an evolving medical emergency. A water main break occurred in one of our major cities, affecting one of our hospital systems causing the shut down of  the entire water supply to the hospital,” recalled Kelsey Blackburn, Critical Incident Response Planner for COTS. “At that point, the main issue was not that they didn’t have power – because they […] Read more »

Internet of Things – Separating the Critical Data

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There’s been a lot of hype about the Internet of Things – but what exactly is the “Internet of Things”, and how will the use and access of critical data affect your life?   The Internet of Things is simply the interconnection of computing devices that are connected to one another and to the Internet. With applications ranging from consumer to consumer, business to business, and government to industries. The abbreviation for it looks like this — IoT.So, what type of devices and applications are we referring to here? Well, hi-tech ones that you might find in a health care setting such as a heart monitoring implant, internet-linked billboards, waste management systems to monitor those who exceed waste limits, smart water systems and meters, wearable devices such as wristwatches that not only monitor time and manage texts and emails, but they also monitor the blood sugar in a person’s system. […] Read more »

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN’T DO … YET?

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  Sometimes we get things right the first time. In 1949, Al Gross patented the telephone pager. Here was a pocket-sized device that went everywhere, and could ensure people received urgent messages no matter where they were. It took 25 years to catch on—and boy, did it ever. The first commercially successful pager, the Motorola Pageboy, was marketed in 1974. The pager (which people took to calling a “beeper”) might well be the first truly mobile communication device to catch on, with over 61 million pagers in use by 1994. Then along came the cell phone and, later, the smartphone. Today, we have a zillion ways to send urgent messages, but only one way to ensure those messages are received and read. Think about it. We have email, texting, chat rooms, instant messaging, SMS, MMS, Skype, iChat … the list is long. Yet those messaging systems can’t be relied upon […] Read more »

Local Hospitals & Public Safety Feeling the Squeeze of FCC Narrow Banding Mandate

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On January 1, 2013, all paging equipment (including pagers, transmitters etc) must move to a 12.5 KHz narrowband channel or to a technology that achieves equivalent efficiency.   Talk is Cheap The FCC has been talking about Narrow Banding for quite a while, since 1995 in fact, when the first narrow banding rules were adopted.  In 2004 the FCC announced the deadline of January 1, 2013 as the drop dead date for all Public Safety and Industrial/Business licensees to move their communications from the 25 kHz (wideband) radio frequency to the 12.5 kHz (narrowband) channel bandwidth or a technology that achieves equivalent efficiency. With the January 1, 2013 deadline fast approaching many organizations are in a tail spin over finding funds and/or new technology to comply with the Mandate, especially those who chose to delay system updates.  Public Safety, businesses, and hospitals are especially feeling the pressure. Many are scrambling […] Read more »

Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Onset Technology

  National disasters can strike with our without notice. Given recent events with the Virginia centered earthquake and hurricane Irene, no one is more keenly aware of this than residents, businesses and agencies residing and doing business along the US Eastern seaboard.  From the Capitol Region on up through New York and even points further north, the country experienced multiple emergency situations. We thank our Federal Agencies for their preparedness, poise and response. In grave situations such as these, it’s vital that Federal employees have a clear channel of communications with managers, coworkers and team members to navigate through the various challenges and emergencies that arise. One key way to achieve this is by tapping into their organization’s mobile deployment. Mobile connection ensures messaging continuity with uninterrupted communication and access to critical information (BC/COOP). Onset Technology is used by a considerable number of Federal Government Agencies. Those agencies depend on […] Read more »

New OnPage™ Feature: Web Console for Paging Management

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Managing the paging communications function for large organizations like healthcare clinics or hospitals can be tricky. There may be tens, if not hundreds and sometimes thousands of contacts to manage, notify and track. It’s a challenge for any organization. Introducing the OnPage Web Management Console As part of our ongoing development specifically geared toward the enterprise level customers, OnPage has just released a new feature to help multi-account clients better manage their pager and priority communications. It is the OnPage web management console. The OnPage web management console continues our efforts to make sending and receiving pages and priority messages as flexible as possible. OnPage users can now send messages directly from a customized web console, in addition to the previously available methods of email, phone, and through the application itself. How to Add the Web Management Console OnPage customers that want to manage the pager notifications can simply add […] Read more »

The Federal SERVE Act Could Rescue Volunteer Fire Fighters and Other First Responders

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  Thousands of volunteers Firefighters and other first responders may finally be getting compensation for their selfless and heroic efforts. On July 11, 2011 New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey introduced the Supporting Emergency Responders Volunteer Efforts (SERVE) Act. According to New York’s WBNG News, “The SERVE Act would provide volunteer firefighters and emergency service personnel with a $1,000 annual tax credit. The brave volunteers who risk their own lives to save the lives of others deserve our support. In short, the SERVE Act says thank you.” Volunteers often incur personal expenses in order to be a part of their community’s first responder teams. It’s not uncommon that they pay for their own pager service and pager hardware to be ‘on call’ when disaster strikes.  As Fire Chief Bob Franklin of Arkansas Northeast Saline County Volunteer Fire and Rescue told Today’s KTHV “They are there in a minute’s notice. Everyone wears […] Read more »