Florida School District, University Deploy Mutualink Technology
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | Comments

The Osceola County (Florida) School District and Florida State University (FSU) are implementing Mutualink’s real-time emergency interoperability solution. Leon County, home to FSU’s main campus, is also deploying the technology.

This technology enables direct communications with first responders in the event of an emergency, and securely shares video and other critical information instantaneously. According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, 134 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of June 18. In 2017, 346 mass shootings happened in the United States. Mutualink helps coordinate response to these types of incidents, which often requires coordination across jurisdictions and with private entities.

“Our solution has become the recognized standard of excellence in school safety, and many communities are recognizing Mutualink is an essential life safety capability that must be in our schools,” said Mark Hatten, Mutualink CEO.

Hardware and software will connect the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) with the state house, the Leon County Courthouse, the Capitol Police and the Tallahassee Police Department. Plans are in the works to bring the schools onto the network as well.

“The trends in public violence and the vastness of our county convince us that communication advances are necessary,” said Chief Steve Harrelson of Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

In the school district, 75 schools and Kissimmee Police Department will join the Osceola campus of Valencia College and St. Cloud Police Department on the network. The school will offer a smartphone panic button that will automatically dial 9-1-1 to teachers and staff. The panic button will automatically connect the school with law enforcement while notifying all other teachers and staff that an incident has been reported.

The FSU Police Department will connect radio and video data between the main campus in Tallahassee, FSU Panama City, Sarasota campuses as well as international locations during emergencies.

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