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.
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?
Each patrol car, fire engine, and ambulance has a two-way radio installed to allow rapid communications between these first responders and their dispatch center or Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP, where 9-1-1 calls are answered) to control and coordinate their safety and lifesaving actions. Most officers and firemen also carry a handheld radio on the same radio system. SchoolSAFE is the exact same type of public safety radio, and a second radio associated with the communications used within the school.
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 intergrated into school and public safety data networks to allow remote activation and deactivation, and select personnel alerting.