SchoolSAFE

Interoperable Communications In Schools

SchoolSAFE Communications is a web-enabled two-way radio based product that allows for communications interoperability between school radio systems and public safety radio systems.


School-based radio systems are generally less capable and lack the channel capacities, power, and digital signaling to interoperate directly with public safety professionals who may have more sophisticated and much more advanced radio systems. Once the SchoolSAFE Communications product is in place then school security and public safety professionals from police, fire and EMS can easily initiate or receive communications with school personnel utilizing their existing two-way radios. 


With training, SchoolSAFE will permit more comprehensive school safety planning, training, drills and exercises, leading to well-coordinated rapid response and recovery.

Problem

When there is an incident at a school, some schools have only one method to contact police, with a local phone call. Calling 9-1-1 usually gets the school location information to the authorities; however, once the responders are in route or arrive at the school there is no clear line of communication for them to quickly assess the situation and find the exact location of the event to gain control of the incident. What if the school personnel, principal, administrator, security staff, or others could talk directly to the responders?  


Time critical and crucial information from where the incident is occurring could inform the responders with up-to-the-second information so they could respond with the best equipment and personnel to manage the incident.  


Lives could be saved and incidents could be controlled more quickly.

Solution

When there is an incident at a school, some schools have only one method to contact police, with a local phone call. Calling 9-1-1 usually gets the school location information to the authorities; however, once the responders are in route or arrive at the school there is no clear line of communication for them to quickly assess the situation and find the exact location of the event to gain control of the incident. What if the school personnel, principal, administrator, security staff, or others could talk directly to the responders?  


Time critical and crucial information from where the incident is occurring could inform the responders with up-to-the-second information so they could respond with the best equipment and personnel to manage the incident.  


Technology

SchoolSAFE bridging is based on industry standard devices that are time tested and reliable. Complex public safety radio systems regularly use similar equipment for temporary patches to outside radio systems. This is where SchoolSAFE Communications differentiates itself from temporary radio patches. SchoolSAFE equipment is permanently installed and integrated into school and public safety data networks to allow remote activation and deactivation, and select personnel alerting.  


Technology to prevent unauthorized use and activation is part of the package. The training included with installation will define how to invoke the SchoolSAFE ADI and disable it when necessary.  


Package documentation will describe how to schedule regular test and exercises to insure the equipment is useful in an emergency situation. The involvement of public safety officials in your area is encouraged and can be paramount to making the system functional and reliable. With their involvement, radio interoperability is recognized as conducive to their response and important to the safety of their citizenry.  


Sales efforts are cognizant of this necessity and will accomplish the cooperative environment with demonstrations and informational meetings between the parties. The SchoolSAFE solution is flexible, radios can be provided for complex or simple radio systems. The SchoolSAFE radios and ADI will be programmed to preclude interference to either system.  


The solution will be provided observant of FCC rules and regulations, with either programming or equipment to satisfy licensing demands.

Benefits of Using SchoolSAFE

Remote Activation 


SchoolSAFE Communications with remote activation software and firmware gives SchoolSAFE an IP address and a presence inside school and PSAP data networks. With this powerful, yet simple activation and de-activation tool, the audio communications is instantly available for rapid response, or for other applications such as audio recording or situation play back. This takes the burden off the school and PSAP staff so they can focus on the incident.


Enhanced Notification


SchoolSAFE Communications with Enhanced Notification Software works in conjunction with Remote Activation to inform and warn students and faculty via e-mail, that a SchoolSAFE event is in progress. Enhanced notification provides awareness to those who need it so the utmost command and control over schools and first responder resources can be attained and situations can be handled most effectively


Upgrade and Expansion Capabilities


Expansion modules can be easily added in the future. As radio systems change, the SchoolSAFE product can be easily modified to accommodate those changes. Dependent upon what changes, one or two radios can be replaced or reprogrammed. A second channel maybe added for daily use by school security and administrative personnel.

Connect with us to learn more about how Tri-Co Communications can help you get the job done.

Our Partners