Thursday, 16 May 2013

Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre Spurs Student Safety Focus

With the recent attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, it has become clear that mass shootings are not a thing of the past. In fact, according to, mass shootings in the US have doubled from 4 between 1990-2004 to 8 between 2005-2013. This has not yet been the case in Australia, largely thanks to Howard's gun laws put in place after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996. Over the past 10 years, however, gun imports have increased steadily, with Australia now replacing the million guns destroyed in '96 (ABC News).

According to 6 News in the US, a resource officer at Skyview High School in Nampa has decided to act, taking student security to the next level. "We wanted to do something where it was not evasive into the school, where we didn't want to create a prison environment for the students,” says resource officer Brad Ford. “We wanted to keep them safe, but at the same time, it's a learning environment. It's a school.". The result? Ekahau.

Ekahau is a specialist WiFi vendor in the US providing WiFi tags worn around the neck to not only raise duress, but also locate the person in duress to within 3 metres. Skyview staff can now lock-down the campus in just four seconds with a simple tug of the device, as well as call for assistance or medical help. 

"Parents want to send their kids to the schools to be safe,” says Skyview High School building administrator Will Barber. “They want to trust that when they leave their homes, they're going to return that night. Any time that we can explore an avenue that's going to increase that, is going to be a positive."

Schools in the US are taking a re-active approach to school shootings; Australia now has the chance to be pro-active. Integrated Wireless resell Ekahau products in Australia and offer 24 x 7 support to our customers. If you already have WiFi on-site, we can leverage off that network to operate the Ekahau tags, reducing costs and complexity.

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