Florida School Board Selects Mutualink for School Readiness, Interoperability
Wednesday, January 02, 2019 | Comments

Brevard County, Florida, joined six additional Florida counties using Mutualink’s instant emergency communications coordination platform to enhance school safety readiness and response. In December, the 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.

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.

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