Market Overview

Brevard Public Schools Implement Instant Emergency Communications System with First Responders

Share:

2018 marks year of both tragedy and progress in Florida school safety

Brevard County, Florida, joined six additional Florida counties using
Mutualink's instant emergency communications coordination platform to
enhance school safety readiness and response. On December 11, 2018, Brevard
County School Board
authorized the implementation of Mutualink in
all of Brevard County's public schools. The system addresses many of the
communications coordination problems and delays repeatedly identified in
school shooting incident after action reports around the nation,
including in Florida. Brevard Public Schools, the 49th
largest district
 in the U.S. and the 10th
largest district
in Florida, is the latest to adopt real-time
instant coordination between schools and law enforcement. Brevard joins
numerous school districts and universities across the nation adopting Mutualink's
instant crisis response and coordination technology.

Within Florida, a state gravely impacted by the Parkland school shooting
tragedy, Brevard joins a growing movement of Florida counties leading
efforts to implement instant cross-agency emergency communications and
information sharing capabilities to make schools safer and enable
coordinated response. Through the technology, schools are instantly
connected to public safety the moment a crisis starts, providing
emergency voice communications between school personnel and police as
well as real-time video sharing from school CCTV. Additionally, other
responding agencies can be linked together to communicate and see
information even if they have different radio and video systems. The
ability to instantly communicate, see what is happening and allow for
coordinated collaboration eliminates many of the problems identified in
school shooting after action reports that cite delayed and ineffective
response efforts. Orange and Seminole Counties led this school safety
communications initiative when they assessed school emergency response
readiness, deficiency reports from other incidents and recognized the
necessity of enabling instant communications and coordination between
the Sheriff's Office and their schools.

"This year the nation witnessed an increased number of tragic incidents
in our schools; Florida responded by actively seeking innovative
solutions to support school security," said Mark Hatten, founder and CEO
of Mutualink. "We're proud to have the opportunity to properly equip
schools across the state with an essential life safety capability that
should be further adopted across the country. Significant investments
have been made in hardening schools to stop threats, but they are not
100% effective. When something does go wrong, the single most crucial
capability in stopping a tragedy is the ability to instantly reach first
responders, and for public safety to know the who, what and where to
rapidly respond without hesitation or confusion." According to Everytown
for Gun Safety Support Fund
, there have been at least 89 incidents
of gunfire on school grounds in 2018 alone, with over 2,700
child and teen
 fatalities and nearly 14,500
more injured
. What's more, around 3
million American children
 are exposed to shootings every year.
Mutualink's interoperable communications technology provides
FERPA-compliant real-time communication via shared radio, voice, text,
video, and data between schools and first responders to reduce time to
incident resolution.

"The inability for first responders to effectively communicate with
schools and other partner agencies during emergencies has been found to
be a major contributor to the impairment of swift action," continued
Hatten. "We anticipate that adoption of interoperable communications
technology will increase as we move into 2019 and school administrators
create closer partnerships with law enforcement. From lessons learned,
this type of capability is a critical safety feature for any school.
It's not a nice to have. It is a must have."

Mutualink's interoperability network works to keep citizens safe across
Florida. State, county and local law enforcement, education, hospital,
transportation and enterprise security organizations use the platform to
collaborate, including:

  • Law Enforcement: Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Volusia County
    Sheriff's Offices; Kissimmee, Miami Beach, Orlando, St. Cloud, Sunrise
    Police Departments
  • K12: Seminole, Brevard, Lake, Osceola, Orange, Sumter and
    Walton County School Districts
  • Higher Education: Florida State University, Seminole State
    College, University of Central Florida, Valencia College
  • Hospital: Central Florida Regional Hospital, Florida
    Hospital Orlando, Orlando Regional Medical Center
  • Transportation: Greater Orlando Airport Authority, SunRail,
    Tampa International Airport
  • Enterprise Security: Mall at Millenia, Sawgrass Mills Mall,
    Financial Institutions, Tourism and Hospitality

Mutualink, Inc.

Mutualink, Inc. developed an interoperable communications platform that
enables multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, and data
communications in a secure environment. Mutualink's system is deployed
by public and private entities worldwide, including for homeland
security, police and fire departments, schools and universities, transit
authorities, hospitals, utilities, shopping malls, and casinos.
Mutualink is a privately-held company headquartered in Wallingford, CT,
with R&D facilities in Westford, MA, Mayagüez, PR and Allen, TX. For
more information visit www.mutualink.net.

View Comments and Join the Discussion!
 
Don't Miss Any Updates!
News Directly in Your Inbox
Subscribe to:
Benzinga Premarket Activity
Get pre-market outlook, mid-day update and after-market roundup emails in your inbox.
Market in 5 Minutes
Everything you need to know about the market - quick & easy.
Fintech Focus
A daily collection of all things fintech, interesting developments and market updates.
Thank You

Thank you for subscribing! If you have any questions feel free to call us at 1-877-440-ZING or email us at vipaccounts@benzinga.com