New York Counties Launch Mutualink School Safety Pilot (11/18/14)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | Comments

Twenty public schools in Oneida and Rockland counties in New York launched a pilot of Mutualink’s K-12 school safety program designed to improve communications and information sharing between schools and first responders during an emergency.

Ten schools in each county were chosen to participate in the pilot.

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications will implement the program with each county’s sheriff’s office or emergency management office.

“In an emergency, mere seconds can make all the difference in averting tragedy,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “This new technology is yet another step we are taking to better protect students and ensure that first responders and law enforcement have access to quick and accurate information.”

The system is an IP-based multimedia communications solution for event-based incident management that enables real-time information sharing of voice, video, data and text between schools and emergency responders. School radios, phones and mobile devices are connected to emergency dispatch systems to streamline emergency response. Mutualink also provides a panic button feature that can be activated by schools to give law enforcement immediate access to the schools’ communications.

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