West Virginia University at Parkersburg: Two-way Campus Communications Improves University Safety

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg: Two-way Campus Communications Improves University Safety

Case Study / White Paper | July 01, 2011
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Located on the outskirts of Parkersburg, a city of 33,000 nestled on the banks of the Ohio River in central West Virginia, West Virginia University at Parkersburg is a bustling commuter campus with a student population of 4000. Despite its idyllic location, however, WVU at Parkersburg is keenly aware of the potential for trouble on campus in light of the 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech and other recent school emergencies nationwide. 

Determined to provide the best possible security for its students, the administration at WVU-P looked at what it would take to provide its campus with reliable, effective two-way communication for its three major buildings – the main administrative and classroom building, the Caperton Center for Applied Technology, and the Center for Corporate & Community Education – spaced about 1500 feet apart on their rolling campus grounds. As part of a comprehensive safety plan, WVU-P determined they needed an emergency paging system that enabled two-way communication between all of the university’s buildings, classrooms, and administration offices. University officials believed that an integrated, campus-wide communications system would be a critical feature of its new safety plan.

  • Provide campus-wide, indoor/outdoor emergency paging system where none exists 
  • Enable two-way as well as broadcast communications with classrooms 
  • Transmit essential information quickly and efficiently to single or multiple locations