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Problem Overview. School safety is being challenged at a blistering pace. There have been over 30 separate instances of violent attacks in schools in the last year. Crisis communication is essential to ensure minimization of injuries and increased protection of students and school personnel. The challenge is that current technologies and methods being utilized during emergencies are inefficient and sometimes unsafe. For example, here are some communication strategies currently employed during a lockdown to check on staff: • Schools that call classrooms one by one are inefficient, assume that office staff will be available during an emergency, and are creating noise (phone ringing) that is dangerous in an attack. • Schools that utilize walkie-talkies often experience chatter with staff members talking over each other, and additional noise of the walkie-talkies. • Schools that use visual signal (like colored paper) are identifying those rooms that are occupied with potential targets. • Schools that require administrators to check classrooms one by one during a violent situation are placing them in harm’s way. • None of these approaches are efficient, stealthy, safe, proactive, and informative to staff.

ALL CLEAR is the solution 

Efficient.Stealthy.Safe.Proactive.Informative 

All Clear is a mobile emergency communications solution that operates via smartphones and smart devices. All Clear greatly reduces the time that it takes for school administration to collect data from their staff during an emergency. In one beta test, the product reduced the data collection time by 75%. 

Efficient.

Due to the fact that All Clear utilizes smart devices as the primary communication device, the ability to collect data from multiple sources simultaneously is greatly enhanced. This results in the ability to provide information to Emergency Services much quicker, which can save lives. For most districts, there will be no need to purchase new equipment, as most teachers and staff already utilize smart phones daily. 

Stealthy. 

All Clear is app based and sends data without the need for additional noise via talking or phone rings. The app is pushed open when an emergency is called by an administrator, and the simple response from staff is completed in the touch of a few buttons. No additional noise or visual cues to draw attention to potential targets.

 Safe. 

Administrators can call an emergency and collect the data safely, without being placed into harm’s way. 

 Proactive. 

In the “Live Feed” setting, the smart phone cameras from staff can be utilized by emergency responders to gain valuable information in real time. Informative. Once safety status data has been submitted to administration, safety reminders appear on the smart phone screen to help provide staff with reassuring guidance.

Risks and challenges

STRENGTH
Cuts communication time (up to 75%) without increasing safety risk.
Simplifies user input by compensating with technology
Niche market without current competition
Novel utilization of existing app capabilities
Base product is scalable without new programming

WEAKNESS
“On demand” means investing only for an emergency
Not all staff members may have smart devices, additional purchase of equipment may be necessary.
Intensive setup for each school campus to be “mapped” so that the program relays information accurately.

OPPORTUNITY
Other products address issues of preventing a crisis, or recovery following a crisis. None deal with the necessity for great communication during a crisis.
This product could be replicable for other industries, like factories, where emergency communications and preparedness are essential.

THREAT
Fairly straightforward idea, don’t want to be second to market. Important to get ahead of competitors who would be compelled to create similar products.
New integration of features will take some R&D investment of time and money.
FEMA guidelines for crisis communication will need to be investigated and followed.

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