The Benefits of an Autonomous School Safety Solution

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autonomous school safety technologyWhen you think about an autonomous technology or solution many minds first go to high-tech self-driving vehicles and artificial intelligence. What was once a dream of the future is now a reality for many technology solutions for several industries across the world. Autonomous technology is revolutionizing the transportation, aviation, trucking, and farming industries as these devices can perform tricky tasks that were once seen to be the preserve of humans, according to CNBC. One industry you may not consider autonomous technology is in K-12 education, but the use of autonomous school safety technologies has its own set of benefits.

One autonomous school safety technology used across the United States in K-12 schools and districts is a mobile panic button solution. During an emergency situation, users can utilize this technology to reach 9-1-1, first responders, and school staff simultaneously with just the quick push of a button. What some don’t realize is once a button is pressed, whether for an active assailant incident or medical emergency, panic button technology automatically creates a series of workflows which prompts many features to then work by them self to efficiently streamline emergency response and communications. On the back end there are essentially a series of questions – if this button is pressed then this, this, and this must happen immediately.

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So, what happens after you push a mobile panic button? Below we’ll break down all the things triggered by the press of a button.

  • 9-1-1 is Contacted
    Once activating a mobile panic button 9-1-1 is immediately notified of the type of emergency, location of the emergency, and critical information to assist first responders when arriving on scene.
    • Location Information and Facility Maps
      9-1-1 is instantly provided accurate location information on where the emergency is occurring, as well as helpful facility maps to help with emergency response.

  • On-Site Staff Notification
    At the same time as 9-1-1, on-site staff also receive a timely notification describing what emergency is occurring, what to do next, such as lockdown, as well as other pertinent information related to the emergency.
    • Actionable Items/Checklists
      Staff also will receive any actionable items related to the emergency with to-do’s or checklists to follow emergency protocols.

  • Live Video Footage
    Some mobile panic button solutions have the ability to live-stream during an emergency situation. Public safety officials such as telecommunicators, emergency operations center (EOC) managers, and emergency responders can request a live feed from any smartphone to help them when assessing the scene. With this critical information they can better deploy resources, collaborate, and make informed decisions during an emergency event.

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  • PA System Activation
    Most schools have a simple PA system, or public address system, which can be activated through a mobile panic button application. Announcements can be made over a school PA system, which is helpful for those who may not have their smart phone device on them.

  • Digital and Visual Signage
    During an emergency event digital and visual signage is also activated. This is especially important for schools to remain ADA compliant. ADA compliance refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, which states that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities, according to WebFx.

  • Access Control Activation
    A mobile panic button application activation can also impact access controls. If a school is going into lockdown, for example, and has high tech access control systems, access to specific buildings and campuses could be prevented autonomously.

During an emergency situation, users want to know that the above will simultaneously happen to streamline emergency response and communications. Using an autonomous school safety solution ensures users don’t have to worry about the many things that must happen during an emergency, as a mobile panic button solution can cover many bases.

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Written by Tara Gibson

Tara is a Marketing Coordinator on the Rave Mobile Safety marketing team. She loves writing about all things K-12 education, and manages the Rave social media channels. When she's not working, she's taking care of her smiley, shoe eating, Instagram-famous fur baby, Enzo!

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