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University to Test Desktop Alert System Nov. 17

Old Dominion University will be testing the Alertus desktop notification system at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

This new system, which was installed last week on each university-managed desktop computer, enables the institution to display full-screen alerts on those computers in certain emergency situations. It will complement the systems already in use by the institution, including campus-wide email, text messaging, voice messaging, digital signage and outdoor public address system. These other systems will not be tested Nov. 17.

During the test, an alert screen will display on your computer. The image pictured right is what that display will look like. If you are at your desktop during the test, click on "Acknowledge" and your computer will return to normal. If you are not at your desktop during the test, or for any reason do not click "Acknowledge," the display will remain on the computer screen for 10 minutes and then exit automatically. The launch of the Alertus display will not disrupt or otherwise harm whatever files you are using on the computer.

Those areas/individuals using Apple workstations, UNIX, or machines not supported or configured by a TSP did not receive the initial deployment of the software. However, it will be made available to those machines in the future.

The campus community will receive additional information about the Alertus Desktop System, including when it will officially launch and under what circumstances it will be used, in the coming weeks.

If you have technical questions, please contact your TSP or the OCCS help desk at 3-3192 for assistance.

This article was posted on: November 16, 2011

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