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Emergency Alert Notifications: How TTS can save lives

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Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, wildfire. What do they all have in common? They are dangerous events that can happen unexpectedly and pose an immediate danger to everyone in the vicinity. Even non-threatening situations such as machinery malfunction in a warehouse or broadcasting system failure at an airport can cause severe disruption and widespread alarm.  

Amidst the expected chaos and panic, people in distress search for a clear and calming voice to give them directions or guide them to safety. This is where Text to Speech saves the day. Armed with its natural sounding voices, Text to Speech is gaining popularity for alert and notification systems all over the globe. It can be depended upon because of its reliable speed, concise speech, and ability to integrate into the most basic announcement systems.

Speed is Crucial

In the event of an emergency, time is of the essence. For every minute that passes by, lives could be at stake and timely information is essential for survival. Text to Speech is able to generate emergency messages such as:

ALERT: Tornado Warning in this area until (TIME). Take shelter now”

and broadcast to thousands, possibly millions of residents in a matter of seconds. With this reliability, it is not a surprise that Text to Speech is the preferred voice for emergency alerts. Think about it. If a human voice was used to announce the message during an emergency, precious seconds are wasted in getting to a broadcasting device, connecting to the right audience, and then articulating the situation. Text to Speech can skip all those steps and simplifies it into one simple step – type the message and the emergency alert notification is sent out almost instantaneously.

Clear Speech Equals Clear Directions

There’s an important reason why directions need to be spoken clearly –  in order for people to obtain clear and concise information. Otherwise, confusion is easily spread and that could eventually lead to even more danger. Thankfully, Text-to-Speech technology has come to a point which it closely resembles and is sometimes mistaken as human speech! However, for life-and-death situations, Text-to-Speech voices must be of the highest quality for alerts to be heard clearly and precisely.

Fun fact: Over 200 local governments and broadcasting stations in Japan use VoiceText Text to Speech, our software to provide alerts and notifications.

Some local cities in Japan such as Gotsu, provide emergency information to their residents using outdoors loudspeaker systems. They chose our VoiceText Text to Speech software, to voice their public alert system because the voices were “easy to hear” and complicated training was not required.

How Easy is it to Integrate Text to Speech?

The answer is because all types of announcement systems can easily integrated with Text to Speech. Since there quite a few Text-to-Speech solutions, there are lots of options to go with. One of these solutions is our VT Editor program that can create static audio files for common emergency messages. It is quite simple to use, making it easy to generate hundreds of messages for any type of situation.

Aso, another local city in Japan, has a website dedicated to providing emergency information to its residents. After a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck their region in 2016, they were committed to keeping their residents informed about their roads, public transport, reconstruction aid, and more. Even with their damaged infrastructure, they were still able to create helpful infographics and materials embedded with audio files created using our very own VT Editor software.

An alternative Text-to-Speech option is to use our TTS Server solution which can dynamically create custom alerts. Radio stations, fire stations, and other broadcasting facilities can host multiple TTS servers to cover a wider area rangeWe recommend this option over our VT Editor solution when it is necessary to add flexible details such as time, location, and contact numbers to emergency alerts that would otherwise be fixed.

Why Choose Text to Speech for Alerts? 

In summary, Text to Speech is the clear cut solution for emergency alert notifications. It is simple to integrate and could save a lot of lives in the process, compared to the slow and unreliable human element which many organizations currently use. Most importantly, Text to Speech is about getting the right information across to many people when they need it the most.

Learn More about NeoSpeech’s Text-to-Speech

Want to learn more about all the ways Text to Speech can be used? Visit our Text-to-Speech Areas of Application page. And check out our Text-to-Speech Products page to find the right package for any device or application.

If you’re interested in integrating text-to-speech technology into your curriculum, please fill out our short Sales Inquiry form and we’ll be in touch with more information and a free text-to-speech demo!

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