A Charlotte-based company is now launching new technology that could prevent an attack with the push of a button.
CHARLOTTE, NC — As students return to classrooms, safety is a top priority for parents.
“W“We start and end every day talking about safety, that is the number one priority to make sure we have a safe environment for all of our students”, John Kopicki, Cabarrus County superintendent said.
Several districts are offering new measures to help keep students safe.
This year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is introducing body scanners in all of its high schools.
In Union County, the district is adding school resource officers to more of its facilities.
“There is a new initiative this year that we are very proud of,” said Andrew Houlihan of Union County Schools. “We are working with the sheriff’s department to have one SRO for every two elementary schools.”
Cabarrus County goes one step further with an officer assigned to each school.
Alternative technology solutions in schools
Charlotte-based company Punch Technologies is working to stop a classroom tragedy.
Through a mobile app, teachers and students can report an incident and location from the convenience of a smartphone.
“MEIt’s all just about awareness of an incident. Ideally, even before it starts,” said Greg Artzt, CEO of Punch Technologies.
Now the company is expanding the technology beyond mobile devices. You are launching a portable device to help everyone from teachers to lifeguards in an emergency.
The device would automatically call the proper authorities if a lifeguard jumped into the water to try to save someone who was drowning.
“Obviously this is not revenue creation, this is an investment in the safety of their children,” Artzt said.
Smartphone technology is already in use at the YMCA and several private schools and churches in Charlotte. Punch Technologies says that they have just started rolling out their wearable device.
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