Franklin County School Districts And Local Official Responder Groups Team With Punch Technologies To Streamline Emergency Communication Capabilities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jul 28 2015
Media Contact: Molly Antos
Five Districts Implement Punch Alert — the Only All-in-One Mobile Emergency Com-munication Platform — to Protect and Connect 16 Schools
CHARLOTTE, NC, Jul 28 2015 – Five Franklin County School Districts in Maine are the latest to team up with Punch Technologies and launch Punch Alert — the only all-in-one mobile emergency communication platform — across 16 schools — and all of the county’s official responder groups (police, fire, emergency management and state police).
“We feel very fortunate that our County is going with the Punch Alert System,” said Dr. Thomas Ward, Superintendent of Schools, Mt. Blue Regional School District. “This is a great collaborative effort between schools, law enforcement and all first responders. Anything we can do to reduce the time it takes to stop an intruder saves lives.”
Franklin County secured a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant which made the implementation of Punch Alert possible.
Punch Alert improves security by including a panic button that, once pressed, alerts emergency responders of a potentially life-threatening situation. Responders then have the ability to release emergency information to others on campus when appropriate, in-volving them collaboratively in the response process.
It streamlines communication by enabling faculty, staff, and students to submit infor-mation and emergency responders to deliver mass updates during emergencies. Punch Alert also, through its use of GPS and iBeacon/Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, provides location awareness by capturing the location of the initial report and actively monitoring the location of all faculty and staff until the emergency is resolved.
“Punch Alert was uniquely created to help schools and universities with their emergency management,” said Greg Artzt, CEO of Punch Technologies. “Punch Alert is the perfect security solution for the Franklin County School Districts, and it will enhance the coun-ty’s existing school security measures.”
Punch Alert is also being utilized by schools nationwide including those in: Arizona, Florida, New York, North Carolina and Ohio.
For more information on Punch Alert, visit: www.punchalert.com, or go to https:/vimeo.com/104136990
About Punch Technologies Punch Technologies is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based mobile software company and creator of the Punch Alert mobile security and communication platform. The Punch Alert Platform is the only all-in-one mass emergency communication platform that leverages both GPS and iBeacon location technology. Punch Alert is designed specifically for any school, university, public or corporate entity that needs to protect and send notifications to its employees, students, residents, or community.