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Mutualink Partners with School Safety Expert in Shared Mission to Speed Response Time during School Emergencies
Mutualink has announced an alliance with one of the Nation’s top school safety and security experts, William “Bill” Smith, to improve schools’ preparedness and response in emergency situations through advanced communications technology. As the founding member of American School Safety, LLC and principal of Jennings Smith Associates , Mr. Smith brings over thirty years of experience as a security consultant and is a renowned authority on US school safety and security issues.
After observing the life-saving impact of Mutualink’s school safety technology in live school crisis exercises conducted with local enforcement and first reponders, Mr. Smith became strong proponent of its time-saving and life-saving potential. Mutualink K12 is a secure communications platform that establishes an instant bi-directional link with police, fire, EMS, and other entities in emergency situations. With the push of a panic button, schools can instantly communicate with first responders and share real-time voice, intercom, video, data and text communications.
“Response time is a critical element in keeping people safe, particularly in an active shooter scenario,” said Bill Smith. “One of the true benefits of using this technology is that it can be launched at the first sign of a school emergency, and the responding team – including police, fire and emergency services units – can instantly assess the threat and respond immediately with specific resources to resolve the issue. Mutualink gives responders eyes and ears on a situation, and any time you can give law enforcement an advantage like that, it saves time and saves lives.”
“We’re honored that a security expert of Bill Smith’s caliber recognizes the significant value our technology brings to the school community,” said Joe Mazzarella, Senior Vice President, Mutualink. “The ability to communicate and share information with first responders – and across agencies and partners as needed – provides critical capabilities that can make a real-world difference in terms of safety outcomes. We look forward to working closely with Bill to advance our shared goal of securing our schools.”
“There are plenty of new mobile apps and adapted enterprise communications systems masquerading as some sort of ‘safe school’ solution. I would advise school administrators and security professionals that these labels mean little. Schools need authentic solutions that work within the context of their All Hazards Safety, Security and Emergency Management Plan,” concluded Smith.
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- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Mutualink, 10/28/15)