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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!
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Esteban Blanco earned 500 total points
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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
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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.
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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).
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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.  :)
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Thank you!
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