WALLINGFORD, Conn., June 20, 2018: In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, Osceola County schools, along with Florida State University (FSU), join a growing list of Florida school districts and universities implementing Mutualink’s real time emergency interoperability solution. Leon County, home to FSU’s main campus, is also deploying the technology. This solution enables direct communication with first responders in the event of an emergency, and securely shares video and other critical information instantaneously.
“The inability for first responders to effectively communicate with school personnel and other partner agencies during emergencies is cited as a major cause of costly delay and the impairment of swift action,” said Mark Hatten, founder and CEO of Mutualink. “Our solution closes that critical gap and is one of the most important safety improvements schools across the nation can implement. In an emergency, time saved communicating and instantaneous information sharing with first responders can save lives.”
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, 134 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of June 18, 2018. In 2017, 346 mass shootings happened in the US. Mutualink helps coordinate response to these types of incidents, which often requires coordination across jurisdictions and with private entities such as hospitals, malls, universities and utilities; and other public entities such as schools, state police and mass transit.
As the state of Florida seeks to address school security this summer, Mutualink anticipates many more counties will soon be adopting the interoperability platform. According to Mark Hatten, dozens of districts throughout the state have already contacted Mutualink, and many more inquiries are expected. “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.”
The Florida network now includes: