GCK - Advanced Notification Application Software



    For over 45 years, AtlasIED has been the proven leader in enterprise-wide communications and emergency communication solutions. We are pleased to introduce GCK, our next-generation announcement control system (ACS®) software application that bundles our world-renowned notification technologies into a cost-effective solution for all business types. It utilizes both Audio over Ethernet (AoE) and Voice over IP (VoIP) protocols simultaneously. These network technologies provide enhanced intelligibility for critical notifications and uncompressed high-performance audio within the same environment making GCK truly flexible when implementing various device types within your endpoint architecture.

    With GCK software, you can now unify your hardware and add advanced control & functionality to VoIP speakers, digital paging stations, message servers, visual alert displays, network power amplifiers, VoIP & SIP devices, legacy analog systems, and other network peripherals – under one software platform.

    Under GCK, these devices can now provide improved daily communication.

    Audio over Ethernet Integration
    Dante and CobraNet logos
    GCK supports Audio over Ethernet (AoE) functionality such as Audinate® Dante or CobraNet® digital audio. It can receive and transmit digital audio channels over a network and interoperable with third-party AoE hardware devices.
    Voice over IP (VoIP) Integration
    GCK communication with VoIP telephone systems for live, delayed broadcast, or talkback via SIP and PBX Trunking as well as support for standard 3rd party FXO gateway devices. Additionally, industry standard G.711, G.722 and RTP protocols are also supported. GCK includes two-way full duplex talkback communication.
    Automated Announcements & Push Notifications
    GCK application running on an AtlasIED ACS Controller can store and manage up to 250 hours of pre-recorded audio message files, in any language. The announcements can automatically be activated by time scheduling or multiple triggers and broadcasted to any destination. It also supports triggers and/or receive notifications from 3rd party systems using General Purpose Interfaces such as contact closures or relays.
    Advanced System Supervision
    GCK supervises all associated end-point devices, reports system abnormalities, and logs faults to be reported via SMNP, email, and SMS via email notifications. GCK provides complete functional supervision from microphone element to speaker output.

    GCK’s supervision provides system monitoring and fault detection. If a failure occurs, GCK automatically switches failed devices to backup devices. In a cluster configuration (Distributed Appliance Architecture) where multiple GCK applications are used, responsibilities of the failed application will automatically revert to another GCK application.
    Critical Alert Management
    GCK allows for real-time instructions from first responders. Any type of alert can be initiated by pressing a button or dialing an extension on any phone for both direct dial access and well as voice prompted actions to push that alert to any configuration of IP device or zone groups.

    GCK allows an authorized on-site or off-site emergency responder to take control of the system and broadcast live announcements dynamically to any IP device or zone group(s). Emergency responders can securely activate alerts and control the system from within or outside the premises via software, telephone, microphone stations, or direct interfacing with fire alarm systems.
    3rd Party Interoperability
    GCK architecture allows for the exchange of notifications, actions, or triggering between multiple alerting technologies and sources, warning systems, and facility automation systems. This simplifies the task of activating several systems that play a key role in an event that normally may have to be activated independently by an authorized or responsible official. Collaboration increases warning effectiveness so the response to the actual occurrence of disasters, emergencies, and crisis is specific based on the information received.
    Built-In Time Scheduler
    GCK includes a built-in comprehensive message scheduling system that allows the creation of schedule profiles that can be applied to specific days of the week or date ranges. Multiple profiles can be applied simultaneously, perfect for campus type installations.
    Time Scheduler
    Multi-Endpoint Device Integration
    GCK manages the flow of announcements and messages between the network and an vast number of endpoints (subject to the limitations of the audio protocol used) including digital communication stations, zone controllers, network power amplifiers, IP-based speakers, visual displays and other types of IP endpoints. Additionally, it serves as a gateway for external I/O devices, VoIP telephone systems, and analog audio to be incorporated into the ecosystem.
    Supported Plugins
    Smart Alerts for Emergencies (S.A.F.E.)

    Events can be created with a setting that requires room occupants to acknowledge receipt of that event. Examples include "Lockdown" or "Weather Alert" events. Events can be acknowledged in a variety of ways including pressing a dedicated push button or by clicking on an "Acknowledgement" pop-up on a computer screen. Both server and client plugins are available.

    VisDID® (Visual Display Interface Device)

    A software add-on package to easily add visual paging. VisDID® allows for interruption of ongoing content to display paging announcement text in sync with public address system audio. This synchronization is compliant with US Americans with Disabilities Act.

    DIRECTOR® Custom System Management Application

    A system management application that provides a comprehensive application-specific interface to GCK. DIRECTOR® simplifies system operation through an intuitive and fully customized graphical user interface (GUI). DIRECTOR® is the ideal addition to your GLOBALCOM® system for system management and directional wayfinding in complex facilities such as mass transportation systems, corporate complexes, industrial facilities, education campuses, and retail centers.

    GDS-4W™ Enterprise-Grade Digital Signage

    A powerful digital signage hardware and software addition to a GLOBALCOM® system that adds enterprise-grade digital signage to a GLOBALCOM.IP® system. It leverages HTML5 technology allowing easy administration using any web browser to design and broadcast generated content. With GDS-4W™, facilities can visually engage students, customers, employees, and visitors across displays, desktops, webpages, and mobile devices throughout a building. Digital signage reinforces brand messaging, delivers timely information, fosters collaboration, and keeps people engaged.

    GDS-4W Digital Signage Logo

    Additional features include:

    • High-definition quality audio for clear and intelligible performance
    • Unprecedented message storage and announcement scheduling options
    • Full-duplex two-way intercom
    • ADA compliant visual messaging and graphical way-finding
    • Fully redundant with active failover
    • Built-in Text-to-Speech message support (No need for separate hardware)

    During an emergency, GCK stands out as the BEST and most relied upon mass notification and evacuation platform. Utilized by many of the world’s most heavily populated facilities, it ensures confidence during critical alerts allowing for timely response when disasters, emergencies, and crisis happens. Our software solution provides:

    • Automated message instructions sent to emergency responders based upon defined risk management protocols
    • Zone specific announcements to calm, ensure and direct people to safety
    • Simultaneously broadcast to multiple types of end-point devices
    • Complete functional supervision from microphone element to speaker output
    • Allows emergency responders to securely activate alerts and control the system from within or outside the premises via software, telephone, microphone stations or direct interfacing with fire alarm systems

    Data Sheet
    GCK Data Sheet (4 pages)
    Data Sheet
    Visual Paging Interface Specifications (19 pages)