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Penn Siren Outdoor System (Penn SOS): Testing
July 14, 2009, Volume 56, No. 01

The University of Pennsylvania unveiled the Penn Siren Outdoor System (Penn SOS)­—phase two of the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System. This 13-speaker system has the ability to transmit emergency alert tones and voice intelligible messages to the outdoor campus environment. Penn SOS is not designed to penetrate buildings, but will be audible above normal street noise. Penn SOS provides an additional layer of protection for the Penn community and visitors.

Penn SOS speakers will be installed during July and August 2009 and each speaker will be individually tested. Once all speakers are in place, simultaneous testing will occur from August 18-20, 2009. When the system is fully implemented tests will be conducted monthly to ensure system reliability. These tests will occur on the first Friday of each month at 11 a.m. beginning October 2, 2009. All tests will use the Westminster Chimes as the test tone so as not to alarm the public or disrupt University business.

Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert

Almanac - July 14, 2009, Volume 56, No. 01