School Emergency Solution Supporting School Staff and Students
Warwick Public Schools can now alert police and fire personnel to emergencies, simultaneously activating real-time video and radio surveillance of the buildings with the integrated services of Mutualink and Rave Mobile Safety.
Teachers and staff can also activate the system, which lies dormant until triggered, using a smartphone app that is geo-locked so it can only be used from inside their schools. The cameras are not otherwise active, said Jeff Kelly, director of field training at the Wallingford, CT -based Mutuallink.
As the video continued, audio from walkie-talkies and police radio from inside the building were also broadcast over the system.
The same information is provided to Warwick Police dispatchers when someone pushes the panic button in the school or on their phone apps, Kelly said
With the benefit of video of a situation inside a building, and radio coordination with officers and staff inside, the time to resolve a given emergency can be reduced by fifty percent.
McLaughlin said the video allows firefighters to reach people much quicker, since they can head straight to where an injured person is during an emergency, and won’t have to search through a building first.
Warwick Police, Warwick Fire, the Warwick Mall and Kent County Memorial Hospital have been using the system for the last four years.