New Security Industry Association (SIA) member Badge Messenger offers a communication and alert system for schools that connects classrooms and the main office and dispatches assistance, help and key communication at the touch of a button. The company is headquartered in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, with distribution and installation partners across the United States.
SIA spoke with Harold Mindlin, vice president of marketing and sales at Badge Messenger, about the company, the security industry and working with SIA.
Tell us the story of your company.
HM: Badge Messenger started with a teacher asking for a way to easily be notified of fire drill completion. It quickly evolved into an always-available, discreet device for both emergency and non-emergency communication between staff and administration.
What solutions/services does your business offer in the security industry? And what makes your offerings/company unique?
HM: With four category buttons (Help, Maintenance, Medical and Security), the Badge Messenger system consists of an ID badge holders that facilitates communication from lockdown, fire and panic issues to simple issue janitorial, IT and medical assistance.
The messages within the system are customizable to meet each organization’s unique needs. Panic button functionality can be enabled in the system settings, allowing for one-button Panic! alerts.
What is something we might not know about your company – or something new you are doing in security?
HM: Integration with existing security systems can be accomplished with an optional device. Direct communication with 911 emergency call centers is an added feature.
What is your company’s vision, and what are your goals for the security industry?
HM: Badge Messenger provides a simple, discreet, readily available device that enables staff and administration to efficiently communicate during emergency events and day-to-day requests for assistance.
What are your predictions for the security industry in the short and long term?
HM: The new environment, in schools and other organizations, requires simple, efficient communication to address medical, security and maintenance situations more than ever before.
What are the biggest challenges facing your company and/or others in the security industry?
HM: In the K-12 markets, the coronavirus trumps all other needs right now.
What does SIA offer that is most important to you/your company? And what do you most hope to get out of your membership with SIA?
HM: SIA can be an invaluable resource for connecting with distributors and integrators.
How does your organization engage with SIA? What are your plans for involvement in the next year?
HM: We look forward to working with SIA management and members to better understand the marketplace. We intend to be an active member of the association.
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