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Status Solutions Becomes Technology Provider for EarthBend


Situational awareness technology added to EarthBendís integrated telephony-based solutions portfolio; multimedia and self-service platform also offered for enhanced communications

Sioux Falls, SD, June 11, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Status Solutions’ software for situational awareness and response management will be included in EarthBend’s telephony-based solutions for U.S. and Canadian health care and hospitality markets available through their reseller community. This partnership enables EarthBend to provide partners and customers in these industries with more complete, value-added solutions for life safety, security, environmental monitoring and mass notification.

“Status Solutions came to our attention because we want to provide reliable emergency alerting to our health care customers, and then we realized that SARA provides so much more than just e-call,” says Ryan Donovan, general manager and vice president of sales and service for EarthBend. “By partnering with Status Solutions, we can provide all of our customers with the means to easily integrate their stand-alone alarm and communication systems for complete situational awareness and therefore more intelligent emergency response. That’s key for organizations that serve large numbers of people in a hospitality function – from hospitals and senior living communities to hotels and resorts.”

SARA (Situational Awareness and Response Assistant) is an automated alerting engine that unifies all alarm (life safety, security and environmental controls) and communication systems for centralized monitoring, alerting and reporting. The solution includes a wireless sensor network, integration tools and mass notification capabilities on one platform, so the appropriate people receive detailed information about an unfolding situation and the associated response plan, pre-programmed into the software according to an organization’s emergency protocols. Inputs can include fixed and mobile duress devices, fire panels, access controls, security cameras, and sensors to monitor such environmental controls as HVACs, boilers/water heaters, power generators, refrigerators/freezers in addition to the presence of water/humidity, hazardous substances (air sampling), cigarette smoke, etc.

EarthBend also will sell Status Solutions’ CATIE (Communication and Access to Information Everywhere) technology so senior living and hospitality customers can enhance communication to occupants. “CATIE provides complimentary communication capabilities, including intercom, digital signage and self-service, that will appeal to our customer base,” Donovan says. “Not only do senior communities and hotels have to improve communication and access to information for life safety and security, they also need to provide relevant content and superior amenities to occupants. The CATIE system gives these providers a platform to communicate with occupants more efficiently while allowing them to access the information and services they want.”

CATIE is an award-winning multimedia and self-service technology that functions as an intercom, message center, electronic bulletin board and concierge. Configured on the Apple iPad, CATIE is set up as a stationary, always-on, in-room kiosk that’s wall or desk-mounted. The desired business logic can be programmed under any button on the user interface, giving hospitality providers the ability to deliver custom content, amenities and services to improve the occupant experience. In senior living communities, CATIE provides residents with intercoms to communicate with staff and other residents and voice-reply email so they can stay connected to family and friends. In hotels, the intercom feature provides immediate front-desk connectivity for emergency alerting. Both environments benefit from digital signage and self-service capabilities.

“Status Solutions is pleased to add EarthBend to the group of innovative technology and sales partners who understand the importance of situational awareness and the value of platforms that enhance communication and access to information – from emergency alerts to announcements about activities and amenities,” explains Mike MacLeod, president of Status Solutions. “We’re passionate about information and the power it has to not only save lives but also make them better. That’s why we’ll continue to develop solutions that can be customized to meet an organization’s needs and infrastructure to save lives and property, protect business continuity, and prevent the loss of convenience or comfort.”

About EarthBend
EarthBend has been distributing telephony peripherals and IT solutions to a vast group of telecommunication resellers since 1993. In addition to their US and Canadian distribution footprint, EarthBend has been serving clients directly in the Midwest for 32 years. Today EarthBend serves as an extension of their 3,000 plus customers providing highly qualified engineers with key certifications from some of the largest voice, data, and technology manufacturers in the industry. Their offerings are highly scalable, secure, easily managed, and optimized to meet their evolving customer needs with an extreme focus on delivering cost-effective solutions and best-in class customer satisfaction.

About Status Solutions
Status Solutions develops situational awareness technologies for life safety, security, environmental monitoring and mass notification. Our customized software solutions deliver real-time, detailed alerts about potential threats to life, property, business and convenience to help customers not only prevent ignorance-based loss but also transform the way they do business. With situational awareness, the right information goes to the right people on the right devices automatically for faster, more efficient communication especially in an emergency. Our innovations include the SARA automated alerting engine, the MIMI mobile health-monitoring system, and the CATIE multimedia and self-service portal. For more information, please visit www.statussolutions.com.

Status Solutions Contact:
Bunny Tharpe, Corporate Marketing
866-846-7272, x789
btharpe@statussolutions.com

EarthBend Contact:
Brandi Mentele
Marketing Manager
605-789-5661
Brandi.Mentele@EarthBend.com
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