Communications Platform Used by Dept. of Homeland Security Could Help Texas Schools Respond in an Emergency
DALLAS, TX — This week, Texas School Administrators and Texas School Boards gathered for their annual convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas. On the minds of many: school safety. And in the wake of recent tragedies in across Texas, school leaders are looking for ways not only to prevent a school shooting, but how to respond if one occurs.
Mutualink, with Research and Development facilities in Allen, Texas is pioneering innovative school safety solutions that connect schools and law enforcement agencies every day and during crisis situations. The company provided live demos of the technologies that could help save lives in the event of a school emergency at the 2019 TASA / TASB Convention.
School leaders were able to test the Mutualink platform, first-hand — including the use of a sub-panic button, real-time video sharing, and the instant communication that would link their school with local law enforcement and first responders.
Providing these school safety tools, Mutualink is proud to have reduced time to resolution by up to 50% in active shooter exercises involving SWAT and law enforcement.
Furthermore, opening and improving communication channels before an emergency occurs is more important than ever. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had this on his mind earlier this month when he issued a series of executive orders instructing law enforcement and other public entities to improve reporting channels, including how to spot, report, and log suspicious activity. Being prepared, connected, and informed can avert tragedies in Texas schools and places of mass gathering.
Mutualink’s system is deployed by entities worldwide for these purposes, including by homeland security, police and fire departments, schools and universities, transit authorities, hospitals, utilities, shopping malls, and casinos. Mutualink is used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is a DHS SAFETY Act certified Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT).