New multimedia direct link to first responders with Mutualink K12

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mutualinkhas introduced a secure multi-media communications platform to enhance K-12 schools’ safety and security by establishing a direct link with police, fire, EMS, and other entities in emergency situations. Mutualink K12 acts as a gateway for real-time voice, video, data and text communications, giving first responders increased situational awareness and rapid response time. Mutualink’s K12 program includes an all-in-one gateway device to bridge radio, video, telephone and public address/intercom systems while addressing the limited budgets of school systems. The program is designed and licensed exclusively for public, private and parochial K-12 schools.

While many school districts are increasing their investment in security measures, such as video surveillance systems or Radio over IP (RoIP) solutions, these systems operate in a single media form with first responders in crisis situations. Mutualink K12 bridges a full complement of the school devices and media and enables real-time multimedia resource sharing with police and other agencies, even bridging communications between disparate communications systems including legacy and forward-looking equipment.

“The ability to instantly and securely share multimedia information in an emergency situation – including live video feeds, school building blueprints, and police and fire radio to school radio and public address audio – is a potentially life-saving asset to first responders and the students and teachers they are protecting,” said Patrick V. Fiel, Sr., former Executive Director of Security for Washington, D.C. Public Schools. “The fact that Mutualink K12 ensures that all parties maintain control over their resources cuts down on time-wasting red-tape while protecting the privacy of everyone involved.” He notes that with Mutualink’s invitation-based platform, no Memorandum of Understanding between the schools and public safety agencies is required because each agency maintains sovereign control over their communication resources.

The Mutualink system also includes panic buttons. One type is wired and similar to those found in banks. Activating it instantly creates a multimedia sharing session and alerts first responders in the event of an emergency, automatically engaging radio and/or video communications. The other panic button is an app that installs on school staff and teachers’ smartphones. Both methods create an instant connection of the Mutualink system to law enforcement that activates communications and enables a quicker, more fully informed response.

Security and sovereignty are key features of Mutualink’s communications platform, which is utilized by hundreds of public safety, emergency management, private security, and defense agencies worldwide. Schools using Mutualink K12 share video, audio and other information, sharing their communications assets only as necessary, and only with trusted parties of their choosing. All participants maintain sovereign control of their communication resources. Mutualink’s platform is IP-based, with multi-level encryption and a distributed architecture.

Key Benefits of Mutualink K12:

· Video and audio sharing capabilities enable police to “see into the school” before entering

· Security, privacy and sovereignty are all designed into the Mutualink system

· Panic button initiates emergency response with the touch of a button

· Very low recurring costs are an important consideration for taxpayer-funded procurements

“Our goal with Mutualink K12 is to provide schools with an affordable, effective means to communicate and share critical information with first responders in the face of an emergency, but equally important, it is a solution to plan and practice response,” said Mark Hatten, CEO of Mutualink. “Also significant is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that everyone is working together, with the most advanced technology, to protect students, teachers and school officials on a daily basis.”

About Mutualink

Mutualink, Inc. has developed an interoperable communications platform that enables community-wide multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment. Mutualink’s system is currently deployed by hundreds of public and private entities worldwide, including homeland security and defense installations, NATO Special Operations Forces, police and fire departments, transit authorities, hospitals, shopping malls, casinos, and more. Mutualink is a privately-held company headquartered in Wallingford, Conn., with R&D facilities in Westford, Mass. and Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and Defense Services office near Washington, DC. For more information please visit www.mutualink.net.