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Pulse Pads

Take the pulse of your community

Use AWC’s electronic voting technology to make your meetings come alive. With individual keypads, audience members can respond to questions, rank issues and determine priorities, and see their answers displayed immediately in a power point format.

This powerful communications tool can be used in a variety of situations to build consensus and create awareness.

Pulse pads are a no-cost member service to cities. AWC recently purchased 50 new slimmer, smaller, even easier-to-use pulse pads. Presentations are easy to set up – if you can use power point, these will be a breeze. Available for check out now!

Want to use the pulse pads at your next community meeting?

Call us at (360) 753-4137 or at a-team@awcnet.org to reserve your spot on our calendar.

AWC ships you the system, via UPS, or you can pick it up at our Olympia office. It includes 50 pulse pads and a USB receiver that you hook up to your computer.

How do the pulse pads work?

Questions asking for a yes/no, ranking or priority response are projected like a powerpoint presentation, and your audience votes, using an electronic keypad (pulse pads). Answers are tabulated automatically (using the keypad software) and displayed immediately.

Everyone sees the mood of the room.

You set up the flow, depending on how you want your group to interact. People can vote individually, or sit in groups and vote collectively, after discussing an issue.

The pulse pads make it easier for you to communicate and build consensus. And everyone can voice their opinion.


Here’s what Duvall said after using the pulse pads:

“The system was very useful. I received results from the audience that I didn't expect. The audience was occasionally surprised at the results.

It seemed to defuse the very vocal minority in the audience. After two or three questions, they realized that they were not speaking for everyone, as they may have thought. It gave everyone an equal opportunity to give their opinion, even those tentative to speak.

“I also feel that it showed people that we do desire their opinion, and that we went the extra mile to get it.”