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Mutualink's Communications Platform Enhances K-12 Schools' Safety and Security

April 09, 2014

Many school districts today are increasing their investment in security measures, such as video surveillance systems or Radio over IP solutions.

Recently, Mutualink, an IP-based multimedia overlay network launched a secure multi-media communications platform in order to enhance K-12 schools' safety and security.

The platform establishes a direct link with police, fire, EMS, and other entities in emergency situations.

Acting as a real-time voice, video, data and text communication utility, Mutualink K12 gives first responders increased situational awareness and rapid response time.

“The ability to instantly and securely share multimedia information in an emergency situation – including live video feeds, school building blueprints, and police and fire radio to school radio and public address audio – is a potentially life-saving asset to first responders and the students and teachers they are protecting,” said Patrick V. Fiel, Sr., former Executive Director of Security for Washington, D.C. Public Schools, in a press statement.

Designed and licensed exclusively for public, private and parochial K-12 schools, Mutualink's K12 program comprises an all-in-one gateway device that helps bridge radio, video, telephone and public address/intercom systems and focuses on the limited budgets of school systems.

Mutualink K12’s video and audio sharing capabilities enable police to “see into the school” before entering.

Security, privacy and sovereignty are all designed into the Mutualink system. It also features panic buttons, with one type wired and similar to those found in banks. Activating it instantly creates a multimedia sharing session and alerts first responders in the event of an emergency, automatically engaging radio and/or video communications.

“Our goal with Mutualink K12 is to provide schools with an affordable, effective means to communicate and share critical information with first responders in the face of an emergency, but equally important, it is a solution to plan and practice response,” said Mark Hatten, CEO of Mutualink. “Also significant is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that everyone is working together, with the most advanced technology, to protect students, teachers and school officials on a daily basis.”

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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