Vocera provides a scalable emergency notification feature that is set at the site or group level in the Administration Console.
Emergency broadcasts are initiated on the badge when you click the Call button on your Vocera badge twice. You can also initiate an emergency broadcast from the Vocera Collaboration Suite on your cell phone. When an emergency broadcast is triggered, everyone in the group hears the caller immediately—no speech recognition or Genie interactions are necessary.
If your organization requires more than one emergency broadcast group or needs the emergency group set to a specific functional group, you can do so at the group level. This feature provides the flexibility to meet the emergency needs of different departments, each with their own set of responders.
At the site level you can designate an existing group as the emergency broadcast target group, or add specific members to a group utilizing it as the emergency broadcast target. However, each site can have only one emergency broadcast target group.
Similarly, at the group level you can designate an existing group as the emergency target, or add specific members to a group which can be used as the emergency responders. However, at the group level, you can have multiple emergency broadcast target groups, each one designated to a different emergency broadcast initiating group.
If a user is not a member of a group that has a designated emergency broadcast target group, an emergency broadcast is delivered to the site level emergency target group (if configured) when an urgent broadcast is initiated. In addition, If a emergency broadcast group is not designated at the site or group level, the default behavior is to use the emergency broadcast target group set at the Global site.
If the emergency broadcast initiator triggers a site-level emergency, it will preempt or cut through any members already receiving a group emergency broadcast.
The Everyone and Everyone Everywhere group cannot be designated as an emergency broadcast group. In the Administration Console, the Emergency Broadcast field is not available on the Edit Group dialog box for either of these groups.
After you set up the emergency broadcast group for your site, you can specify whether to initiate emergency broadcasts silently, without playing a chime.