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How To: Keep Large Spaces Informed and Devices Protected

Posted by Zach Bauman on Apr 24, 2024 8:22:32 AM

In late 2023, Esko Public School in northeastern Minnesota embarked on an ambitious project to implement American Time's EverAlert system throughout their entire K-12 school building.

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Topics: News, EverAlert, Emergency Notification Systems, schools, school safety

Creating More Effective Lockdown and Armed Intruder Drills and Protocols with EverAlert

Posted by Zach Bauman on May 16, 2023 8:30:14 AM

 

Like fire drills and tornado drills, lockdown and intruder drills have become commonplace in our schools.

Because these drills and the emergency plans they're designed to test and reinforce are responsible for keeping students safe, it's important to be sure that your protocols are efficient and effective.

With American Time's EverAlert system, you can be confident that you're providing your students and staff with the tools and information they need to be safe.  

How?  We're glad you asked...

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Topics: EverAlert, schools, school safety

4 Ways to Keep Your SiteSync Wireless Clock System Running Smoothly

Posted by Zach Bauman on Apr 27, 2023 8:41:43 AM

The SiteSync IQ® wireless clock system normally goes about its business of keeping your clocks synchronized without needing any input or action on your part.

Still, like any electronic or mechanical system, it's good to keep an eye on things to catch potential issues before they become a problem.

Here are four maintenance tips for keeping your SiteSync system up and running without any headaches:

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American Time + The I Love U Guys Foundation: Making Safer Schools

Posted by Zach Bauman on Apr 25, 2023 11:04:24 AM

 

"Crisis isn't a choice. Response is." - The "I Love U Guys" Foundation homepage

 

 

On September 27, 2006, at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado, 16-year-old Emily Keyes lost her life to a gunman who had entered the school and taken seven students hostage.  At some point during the crisis, Emily managed to send a brief text message to her mother, Ellen, reading “I love u guys. K" and one to her father, John-Michael, which said "I love you guys."

It’s hard to imagine how any parent can deal with the loss of a child, much less find motivation in such a senseless tragedy.  But the Keyes family has done just that, establishing The "I Love U Guys" Foundation in 2006 with the mission “to restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, schools, communities, organizations and government entities.”  According to the Foundation, their programs are used in more than 40,000 schools and other organizations and communities around the world.

That's why American Time is proud to partner with The "I Love U Guys" Foundation in furthering their mission to ensure schools are well-equipped to manage crisis situations if they arise.

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Topics: EverAlert, schools, I Love U Guys

"Not Every Project I Work on is Fun -- This One Was."

Posted by Zach Bauman on Feb 27, 2023 11:32:30 AM

Like many districts, the Ackley-Geneva-Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock (AGWSR) School District in central Iowa faces some of the common issues arising from buildings starting to show their age.  For example:

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Topics: EverAlert

Trivia + Technology = Better Classroom Communication?

Posted by Zach Bauman on Feb 17, 2023 2:47:32 PM

From the time they wake up to the time they fall asleep, children and adults alike are bombarded with information coming from dozens of different sources competing for their attention.

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Topics: EverAlert

Problem-Solving: EverAlert Live audio paging goes live at LaMoure Public School

Posted by Zach Bauman on Jan 30, 2023 9:00:04 AM

You may have heard TV chef Alton Brown criticize "unitaskers" -- tools in the kitchen that take up space but only perform one specific task -- in favor of "multitaskers" which can suit a variety of purposes just as well as a dedicated tool. 

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Topics: EverAlert, schools

A Smarter, More-Connected Campus; How One Tech-Oriented California School Transformed Their Communications and Culture with EverAlert

Posted by Zach Bauman on Jan 13, 2023 8:25:23 AM

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy (TPAA) lives and breathes technology.

Founded in 2012, the school serves California's Antelope Valley community -- an area 40 miles north of Los Angeles nicknamed "Aerospace Valley" due to the aerospace industry's long-standing presence. TPAA is a STEM-focused K-12 school with the express intention of supporting the highly technical needs of its neighboring industries.

Ten years later, the school educates over 2500 students. As enrollment grew, so did the challenges. Steel-framed buildings made it difficult for their classroom atomic clocks to synchronize. They had an emergency alert system, but it wasn't integrated with any other systems. Despite being spread across two buildings with a number of outdoor campus facilities, there was no bell system. More students meant more systems to manage.

American Time's EverAlert system changed all that and, in the process, changed their culture.

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Topics: EverAlert

How to Find Your Synchron Motor Replacement

Posted by Zach Bauman on Sep 1, 2022 8:30:00 AM

We get calls every day from folks searching for Synchron Motors, sometimes also known as Hanson motors or movement motors.

Synchron motors can show up in lots of places.  They're frequently encountered in mechanically animated advertising signs, damper controls on HVAC, water heaters and other electrical equipment. 

These motors were also commonly used in synchronized clocks, particularly those tied to legacy wired clock systems from companies like Cincinnati, Faraday, Edwards, Simplex, and American Time.

While many of the complete clock movements using Synchron motors are now obsolete, we are still able to provide the motors themselves in some cases.

But, for those clocks where movements just aren't available anymore, there are still options.

Whether it's for a clock or something else using a Synchron motor, let's take a look at how we can find the parts you need.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

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