There are many challenges in modern K-12 education, but perhaps the most topical issue right now is campus safety. Emergency situations can be triggered by a weather event, a facility malfunction, or an intruder who intends to do harm to students and faculty.
In the current landscape of K-12 education spaces, about 90% of public schools utilize some form of intercom/paging system that provides back and forth communication from the administration offices to each classroom. These intercom systems represent complex wiring environment that would be quite expensive to replicate.
At TeachLogic, we have spent a great deal of time collaborating with the major manufacturers of intercom products to develop a system that interfaces directly with theses intercom systems to “pass” the panic alert to the main administration office. Then using the master intercom control panel, the main office can immediately pinpoint the location of the security alert event. At that point, security officers can be dispatched to the scene.
This is all accomplished very easily with the TeachLogic system. It’s a simple 2 conductor wire connection between the contact closure of the TeachLogic amplifier and the wall mounted intercom call button panel. We are simply creating a “short” across the call button terminals that would then normally send the signal from the call button panel, down the intercom lines from the classroom to the main administration office. The wire cost is only about $6-7, and the labor to hook up this one wire should be minimal depending on how/where the wiring is run in the classroom infrastructure.
Should an emergency arise, the teacher can send an alert just by reaching for the mic around their neck. When pushed and held for 3 seconds, the TeachLogic Sapphire transmitter generates a wireless “alert” signal which is received by one of its associated amplifier/receivers. These amplifier/receivers direct that wireless signal to a rear panel contact closure, which acts essentially as a switch. From there, the school can respond according to protocol.