From Kevin Deutsch
The age of anti-mass shooter technology has arrived in Coral Springs.
The ALERT system (Active Law Enforcement Response Technology), software designed to aid gunmen attacking vulnerable areas, is now active at Coral Springs Charter School, Chabad of Coral Springs, a “major medical facility” and other municipal buildings in the city, officials said.
Installed at the Coral Springs Real-Time Crime Center, the software provides a single control platform for police to view live camera feeds along with maps and images from inside and outside protected locations.
With the software, the control center can control door locks and fire alarm systems and speak directly to a shooter and others at the scene via announcement systems.
“With the ALERT program, we are immediately notified of an emergency or serious incident,” said Clyde Parry, Coral Springs police chief. “Video feeds allow us to view the incident in real time and provide instant, and more importantly, accurate information to the officers responding to the incident.”
The software system was created by Andrew Pollacks. financed Organization of the school safety scholarship. Pollack is the father of Meadow Pollack, one of 17 people killed in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
And this is how the technology works: If, for example, a panic button is triggered in the charter school or in Chabad, either via an app or a hard-wired panic button, it triggers stroboscopic and alarm signals in the facility and at the same time alerts the staff to the emergency.
The trained staff from Coral Springs get an overview of the location and see in real time where the emergency is. Map symbols provide police officers with up-to-date information. By scrolling over one of the camera symbols you can see a camera and its view, follow a potential suspect or other information through the building, like that Scholarship for school safety.
By clicking on one of the door icons, a user can remotely unlock doors, allowing first responders to enter the door closest to the suspect without worrying about finding an open entrance.
A panoramic image is created in each room with a right-click, while trained dispatchers speak directly to a suspect, student, faculty member or the police via existing PA systems.
The system also has a text-to-speech option that enables quick translation of PA messages to students and others.
“Overall, these features provide officers and other first responders a significant improvement in the information they receive and help them respond as efficiently and effectively as possible when seconds matter,” said Alexander Falcone, director of Emergency Management and City Security for Coral Springs
Heather Hare, executive director of the School Safety Grant, said the Coral Springs Police Department was one of the first law enforcement agencies to introduce ALERT.
“Since then, Coconut Creek and Margate have also accepted and accepted the School Safety Grant to help empower and protect their communities,” said Hare. “The system will also be installed in the Florida Panthers Ice Den.”
“ALERT is also located in a large medical facility and other municipal buildings in Coral Springs,” added Hare, who refused to identify these specific locations.
ALERT is ensuring Coral Springs complies with Alyssa’s law, which requires all Florida public schools to put in place a mobile panic system, officials said.
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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin worked for The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.