Issue 6 | Volume 4 | 2015
Our mission at Sonarcloud is to help schools improve in-school communication, and to create safer learning environments for students and staff. With Sonarcloud this becomes possible through our mobile and desktop app that gives access to PA systems from anywhere. All-school announcements can be made from any location, and the text messages can be sent to predetermined groups simultaneously. In fact, we can send the audio or text transcription of the actual announcement to any number of recipients. For example, with more than 175 languages spoken in the NYC public school system, announcements can also be translated to different languages and sent to groups in the school via text message. Join the NYC public schools in this shared mission to enhance your emergency alert capabilities.
Sonarcloud has the ability to connect the school’s PA system to 911 services and to give them immediate access to your PA system when on site. This enables them to begin implementing their safety protocols before even entering the building.
To learn more about Sonarcloud, visit their website for more information - https://www.getsonarcloud.com/#slide-1.
Each month, here at Mandell on Safety and Security, we share information about three service or product providers. This bonus "consumer report" feature reflects our awareness of the prospective partners and their proven track record of success with schools within their area of specialization. The companies or organizations included are ones that we have discovered through our research or experience as school professionals. None of these organizations have paid to be part of this bonus feature.
CRISIS COMMUNICATION TOOLS
When you, your staff, or local emergency service providers need immediate access to the school’s emergency response plan, and time is critical, one touch to Quick Access on the electronic device provides instant, potentially life-saving information.
Quick Access is an application on personal and school devices of staff, key individuals and officials you select. Emergency Response Plans are stored on secure, cloud-based infrastructure with individual components indexed for ready access, viewable on smart phones, tablets and computers. No fumbling with or trying to locate paper plans during an emergency, or scrolling through pages of your plan on an electronic device to find a particular document.
Quick Access allows customization of your plans for the various levels of staff and others, and their need to have access to specified components. School officials have the ability to view any school’s plan within the district and access relocation sites, communication systems and other critical information.
To learn more about Quick Access, visit their website for more information - https://www.getquickaccess.com/
SPOTLIGHT TOPIC - STUDENT TRAVEL
Whereable Technologies markets unique, user-friendly wearable personal security devices/platforms that provide businesses, schools and organizations with enhanced security for their employees, customers, students – wherever they may be.
One of their flagship products, RiskBand ARIES, is the first wearable device designed to be an essential component of an organization’s emergency response strategy. RiskBand is not an app nor is it not dependent upon a smartphone or other device. The RiskBand ARIES device sends an emergency alert at any point the wearer deems necessary to the previously designated emergency response partner (ex: local law authorities, on-campus security, etc.). To activate the device, a RiskBand wearer simply presses the Emergency Activation Button and then receives feedback indicating that the emergency alert connection with the response partner has been made. The device begins to share GPS, voice and image data. In the process, the wearer’s location and identity is reported in near-real time. Simultaneously, a 2-way voice bridge is opened between the device wearer and the response partner. Trained personnel will listen in before speaking, to further prevent an escalation of the situation. Meanwhile, the device is also capturing detailed images of its surroundings. Each image is stamped with date, time and location. The encrypted images and voice recordings can later be retrieved for evidentiary purposes.
To learn more about RiskBand, visit their website for more information - https://riskband.com/.
May Topic Announced - Armed Intruders and Open Campuses
This coming month we will be focusing on the challenging topics of Armed Intruders and Open Campuses. The Intro Video and Self-Assessment Survey will be open on Tuesday, April 30th. Join us on May 9th for an exciting Webinar with Behaviorial Science and SWAT Team Leader, Paul Larosa, of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.