|By Business Wire
|June 10, 2014 03:42 PM EDT
ELERTS Corporation, a leading provider of mobile communication for
emergency response, and the ALICE Training Institute, the foremost
active shooter response program, have entered into an exclusive
agreement to improve response options during emergency events.
ELERTS develops mobile security solutions for academic, corporate,
hospital and mass transit systems. Leveraging the popularity of
smartphones and the power of crowd-sourcing, ELERTS apps enable rapid,
shared communication when seconds count.
ALICE—alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate—was founded by Greg
Crane, an ex-SWAT member, and his wife, Lisa Crane, a former elementary
school principal, in the wake of the Columbine shooting. The purpose of
the training is to increase the likelihood of survival through proactive
response options for those critical moments between the beginning of a
violent event and the arrival of law enforcement to the scene. Over the
last 15 years, more than a million educators, law enforcement officers
and corporate personnel have received ALICE training –now considered the
“standard of care” for schools and other facilities.
This partnership facilitates the implementation of ALICE training
through the use of the ELERTS smartphone app: Lock It Down™. This app
allows teachers and others to immediately communicate security concerns
and situation updates with their peers and First Responders. Lock It
Down solves the problem of classrooms in lockdown being kept in the dark
as to what is occurring outside their room.
Alerting people of potential danger and Informing them with real-time
updates will help their decision making during the crucial moments of a
violent situation, which in turn will help to increase their chance of
survival. Users of the ELERTS app may initiate Lockdown, Evacuate, or
Shelter in Place with the push of a button.
Unfortunately, violent events often end within 5 to 6 minutes, while
average police response time can be more than 10 minutes and closer to
20 minutes in rural settings. For those agonizing first minutes,
teachers are on their own.
Because of this reality, the safety recommendations of the Department of
Education, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and FEMA have shifted
from lockdown-only to proactive, options based response, as pioneered by
the ALICE Training Institute. The concept is logical: if you are
isolated in a darkened room and don’t have the information you need, you
can’t make an informed decision. But with ongoing communication and
visual context, safer decision making, such as an evacuation route, or
next step could be planned.
“Just as ELERTS Transit app makes ‘See Something, Say Something’
actionable for transit riders in Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco and
others,” says ELERTS CEO Ed English, “Lock It Down highlights the ALICE
strategies even more so, by enabling situation-in-progress
ALICE founder Greg Crane adds, “ALICE is honored to work with ELERTS on
building out a smartphone app to make implementing ALICE training
quicker and more effective. Both companies are coming together to make
schools a safer place.”
ELERTS Corporation (http://www.ELERTS.com),
headquartered in Weymouth, MA, develops best-in-class emergency
communication software, empowered by community-sourced reporting of
safety and security concerns. The company’s cloud-based approach
leverages smartphone technologies to provide robust, bidirectional
communication between multiple parties. ELERTS mobile technology
integrates with video surveillance, access control and mass-notification
systems. The result is actionable information for emergency
situations—to help first responders become faster responders.
ALICE Training Institute
The ALICE Training Institute (http://www.alicetraining.com/)
is changing how schools, universities and businesses respond to armed
intruders. ALICE (Alert, Lock-down, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate),
developed after Columbine, teaches strategies to survive a
life-threatening event. Supported by educators and law enforcement
organizations, ALICE is quickly becoming the new standard of care across
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