Mississippi School District Deploys Emergency App (10/6/14)
Monday, October 06, 2014 | Comments

The Lowndes County (Mississippi) School District implemented a mobile emergency response solution to enhance school safety. Public-safety software companies NowForce and PTS Solutions developed the system.

The Lowndes County School District is providing its teachers, administrators and other faculty members with a personal safety app from which a user can signal an SOS call or report other incidents via a “see something, say something” function. In addition to dialing 9-1-1 with the swipe of a button, the 9-1-1 center will see the exact location and identity of the caller in its CAD software. Lowndes County is now the first school district in the nation to have an emergency response system directly integrated with the county’s CAD.

“The solution is essentially a mobile command-and-control system, both for routine operations as well as for crisis and emergency situations,” said Assaf Shafran, NowForce CEO. “When an alert or situation report comes in — whether from a teacher activating an SOS alert or a administrator reporting a medical incident — our system analyzes and dispatches the closest available personnel, leading to shorter response times.”

Starting with New Hope High School, the system will eventually be rolled-out in all Lowndes County schools, including three elementary schools, three middle schools and two additional high schools, according to Matt Smith, principal of New Hope High School.

“We’re very proud to be the first school district in the country to be implementing this technology,” said Smith. “While we hope never to have a major crisis situation, emergencies often come whether we like them or not, and this system is a great tool to help get our first responders on scene as quickly as possible.”

PTS Solutions, whose CAD software is at the heart of the system, is leading the implementation in Lowndes County. The company’s CAD software manages incidents, records, addresses, complainants and other information related to the call. The addition of NowForce’s mobile apps enables a complete, real-time view of every incident, as well as enhanced situational awareness of all public-safety resources.

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