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Hanover Area signs deal for new security technology

Drift Net Securities has recently contracted with a Pennsylvania school district who will have our security system installed and ready for when students and staff return. They specifically chose our system because they trusted its advanced threat detection capabilities and infection management features to help students and teachers return to campus safely. Our autonomous contact tracing and full-body temperature scanning is the newest update that allows you to manage potential covid-19 infections on campus. “This will make us one of the safest schools in Pennsylvania,” - Nathan Barrett, Superintendent of Hanover Area School District We believe the best type of safety is comprehensive standard safety and Drift Net Securities can give you the safest atmosphere for your entire population of students and staff to return to this school year. To read the full article on what the KnowWhere System can do, click here.

Why You Need Actionable Information

What should you do if you find yourself in an active shooter situation? The Department of Homeland Security advises following their national protocol, “Run, Hide, Fight.” This protocol originated from a video created by the City of Houston in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. In the reenactment, they talk you through what to do if you are ever in a crisis situation with an active shooter: Run if you can. Exit the building and get yourself out of harm's way. Call 9-1-1 immediately. If you can not go anywhere, hide. Turn off the lights and stay quiet. As a last resort and if the assailant finds you, then fight. Improvise a weapon and act with aggression. (Following the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol suggests that there is no other option to safety.) Practicing active shooter drills has become a preparatory measure in schools across the country. It is taught that students should run and hide, following the directions of their teachers and staff on campus, to help evacuate safely or stay in place until the police arrive. But, it is not suggested that students should fight the assailant. When first responders arrive, they have little to no actionable information on where and who the shooter is. They quickly learn the layout of the building and go in blindly to start clearing the area. Their first priority is to find and stop the shooter. They are not there to evacuate or tend to the injured. With traditional security cameras, it is impossible to know what is going on in real time. These systems often tell you what happened during the situation and not what is happening. The FBI recommends in an active shooter situation to follow the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol. This forces students and teachers to make decisions with little to no information and hope to survive. Students and teachers should not have to be the first line of defense from an active shooter. We developed the KnowWhere System in response to the information gap experienced by schools and first responders. With our system in place, now we can know where to run and hide, and first responders know who to fight to protect us.

How to Respond to an Emergency the Right Way

The average school shooting lasts 120 seconds. The average police response time is 4 minutes. While 2 minutes does not seem like a long time to wait for help, those minutes can feel like an eternity to victims in the emergency situation. We can see from past school shootings how the timing in an active shooter situation is critical in preventing casualties. During one of the deadliest mass shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, Nicolas Cruz was in and out of the building in 6 minutes. Killing 17 students and staff and injuring 17. From the time Cruz entered Building 12 and when law enforcement arrived and entered, 13 minutes went by. It was already too late for them to stop him. Even when schools have security measures and plans in place, everything can change within seconds. When there is an active shooter on campus, it doesn’t take long for them to inflict mass damage. Law enforcement can do all they can, but they essentially lack the tools necessary for an immediate response without actionable information. Variables that affect average response times: The amount of time preceding the first 911 call The amount of time before dispatch is able to send out an officer The amount of time to learn the location of the threat The distance of travel from the police department to the scene of the shooting The amount of time it takes for back up to arrive As you can see, there are a number of variables that can affect the outcome of a mass shooting. Right now, security cameras solely rely on humans to visually identify a threat, alert students and staff, and contact authorities. This process leaves a lot of gaps for human error and adds variables to how fast law enforcement can respond and intervene. When seconds count, minutes don’t matter. Security cameras are merely a reactive system that can be used after a crisis has already unfolded. They can tell you what has happened instead of what is happening. They do not take a proactive approach to mitigate damage and respond immediately to the threat. When you risk a delay in response to a crisis situation, the outcome can be disastrous. Detecting early warning signs is critical for administrators and first responders to intervene before a situation escalates. The importance of instantaneous notification times cannot be overstated. Taking even seconds off the notification and response times can result in vastly different outcomes. We developed the KnowWhere Campus Safety System to detect any threat that could be inside or outside of the building and immediately respond to it. When a threat is detected, information is sent to administration and law enforcement. Both will receive a live feed from the KnowWhere system of what and where the threat is. They can visually identify who the threat is, know exactly where they are on campus, what weapon is being used, and how many people are in the vicinity. From the moment the threat is detected, administration and first responders have their eyes and ears on it. They know all the information they need to make informed decisions. Instead of a response time that is measured in minutes, police are virtually in the building in a matter of seconds from the time the threat is spotted. Drift Net Securities can give you the safest atmosphere for your entire population of students and staff on campus. Powered through Artificial Intelligence, we fill the gaps that traditional security systems have. Visit our contact page to get set up with a free demo today.

5 Lessons We Learned From Parkland

One of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States took place on February 14, 2018. During the horrendous attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 17 innocent teenagers were killed and another 17 were injured. Nikolas Cruz, 19-year old former student, walked into Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and opened fire at students and teachers. The shooting lasted 5 minutes and 32 seconds. Cruz was first dropped off by an Uber and walked right into Building 12 stairwell with a black rifle bag. Once he entered, he took his time in the stairwell to get set up, warned a student things were about to get ugly, then began shooting. He fired into multiple classrooms on the first floor, set off the school’s fire alarm, and proceeded to the next stairwell up to the second floor where he found the hallway empty. By this point, the third floor of the building was following a fire drill procedure, not knowing there is an active shooter present. When Cruz reached the top floor, some students and teachers did not make it back into the classroom in time, leaving them as open targets. After his 6 minute long rampage through Building 12, he discarded his gun and fled the scene. Stoneman Douglas High School had a school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson on staff to protect the students, but because he did not know where the gunfire was coming from, he did not go into the correct building. When he finally discovered which building the shooter was in, he did not go inside. Instead, he ordered people to not enter the building and blocked off an intersection. Once Florida law enforcement arrived, Cruz had already left the building. He walked right off Stoneman Douglas campus and into a nearby Walmart, he purchased a soda at a restaurant then sat at McDonald’s before he left and was stopped by the police in a neighborhood 2 miles away from the school. Prevention is critical in emergency situations like this. The information gap between the school administrators and first responders of not knowing where Nicolas Cruz was on their campus cost multiple lives. After examining the days events, it is clear that the school district was unprepared for a crisis like this to happen. If they had the KnowWhere Campus Safety System in place, they might have been able to stop this whole incident. Let's look at some of the ways this could have been prevented: 5 Critical Points of Intervention: 1. Threat Detection When Nicolas Cruz entered into Building 12, he waited for minutes in the stairwell before starting his attack. Because there was nothing to detect him as a threat in the building, to stop him. With our system, the KW-PODS would have detected the weapon Cruz had and immediately triggered an alert to the SRO. The SRO would have the exact location and visual on the shooter while he orders a school lockdown and notifies the police. 2. Police Response When the police were notified of possible gunshots on campus, there was no actionable information for them to have. With our system, the KW-PODS would autonomously contact the police. They would provide a 2D and 3D layout of the school, a visual of Cruz, 2D real-time tracking of him, put the school in lock down, and identify where people are on campus. 3. Communication When Cruz pulled the fire alarm, 3,000 students started evacuating the classrooms. They were not aware of the Code Red and were following only procedures. With our system, the KW-PODS put the school in lock down, informing students of the threat and the location over the speaker. SROs also have the ability to tell specific areas to run, hide, or fight. While police authorities also have direct communication into the school. 4. Threat Tracking Cruz evaded police during the student evacuation, blending into the crowd and allowing for an easy exit off-campus. With our system, the KW-PODS would have identified Cruz and tracked him throughout the school. Police would be able to enter the building sooner and apprehend him immediately. 5. Injury Management Because of the delay on the surveillance video, the police thought Cruz was still in the building. As they continued to search for him, injured students were left waiting to be relieved. With our system, the KW-PODS would have led the police to Cruz sooner, identified injury priority areas and shown where people were in the building in real-time. We began Drift Net Securities in response to this horrendous attack that happened in Parkland and developed the KnowWhere Campus System to stop threats before a situation can escalate. Using artificial intelligence, our system can detect weapons, concealed carry guns, and many other threats that can cause harm on your campus: all in real-time. Our mission is to provide the most innovative technology to make our lives and communities safer. Contact us to learn more about our system and access a free trial.

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