Still celebrating National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17

x
?
Solved

Desktop Pop-up Alert, Shout-out, emergency message alert software. Looking for...

Posted on 2013-06-12
5
Medium Priority
?
1,864 Views
Last Modified: 2013-06-13
I've been tasked to provide our organization with an emergency desktop alert pop-up message solution.

The criteria (must haves and should haves):
1.  Our receptionist must be able to hit a hot key such as Ctrl-F5 and an emergency alert message is automatically sent to a set of computers, to pop up immediately on their desktop.  For example a pop-up alert sent to the desktop of all Department Heads that says, "Help, I'm being robbed!"

2. The receptionist must be able to send "less than emergency" urgent messages to all computers in a group.  For example, "Attention. There is a hurricane warning today from 2:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M.  Please make appropriate preparations."

3. Department Heads or other selected individuals should be able to send "less than urgent" important messages to all or selected computers. For example, the CEO should be able to send a desktop alert saying, "Due to the Holiday weekend, everyone may leave the office at 2:00 P.M. today."

That's pretty much the functionality I need.  Flexible and configurable are big pluses.  Ease of deployment would be nice.  Free a big plus, almost a necessity, (We are a non-profit org.)

I do some VB.Net programming, but do not have the skills to write something like this myself so I'm looking for some, preferably open-source, software that we can deploy.

I had tried a program called "Desktop Alerts" that installed as a service, but I'm looking for something new since we have replaced many of our computers with Windows 7 or Windows 8 boxes.

I'm going to be "Googling" as well but looking for suggestions from people who have used something like this and recommend something they like.  Please NO Google links; I can find those on my own.  ;-)

Thanks!
0
Comment
Question by:megnin
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 8

Accepted Solution

by:
Esteban Blanco earned 2000 total points
ID: 39241891
I called my friend who works in a secure facility and he told me that they use e/pop alert.  He said it has been very successful and during a tornado, the product did it's job.

http://www.wiredred-epop.com/active-alert-software/

Hope this helps.

EB
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:megnin
ID: 39241928
Thanks EB.  I'll go look at that one right now.  I have not spotted it in any Google searches.

The minimum purchase price is $3000.00 for 100 users.  I think this is more than we can spend.
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:Esteban Blanco
ID: 39241962
Well you said no Google links so that is why I called my buddy. Yeah that is steep but you can make the case of how much it would cost the company if they don't alert people quickly (liability).
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:megnin
ID: 39242003
True.  I'll keep it as an option, but will continue to look for something open-source as well.  I appreciate the suggestion and your efforts.  :)
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:megnin
ID: 39245031
Thank you!
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article will show how Aten was able to supply easy management and control for Artear's video walls and wide range display configurations of their newsroom.
I originally wrote this article to compare SARDU and YUMI, but have now added Easy2Boot, since that is the one I currently use and find the easiest to create and alter.
If you're a developer or IT admin, you’re probably tasked with managing multiple websites, servers, applications, and levels of security on a daily basis. While this can be extremely time consuming, it can also be frustrating when systems aren't wor…
Monitoring a network: why having a policy is the best policy? Michael Kulchisky, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, VTSP, VSP, CCSP outlines the enormous benefits of having a policy-based approach when monitoring medium and large networks. Software utilized in this v…

715 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question