New Technology Keeps Kids Safe In Schools

Lauren Williams's picture
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Guaranteeing school safety is increasingly more difficult. But tech expert Scott Schober has some important points to keep in mind. Even though parents may feel they have no control over their children’s safety once they leave home, he says, technical advances applied with old-fashioned common sense are one way to feel more prepared.

Schober, CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, recently shared safety tips from the National Crime Prevention Council on his blog. Staying in touch with your child while he or she is at school is something every parent should consider carefully, he says. “This isn’t as simple as sending them off with an iPhone,” Schober cautions. Parents should make sure the devices are used in compliance with school regulations and also understand the advantages and disadvantages of GPS tracking capabilities. For more tips, visit: http://www.bvsystems.com/WordPress/?p=104.

Berkeley Varitronics Systems (BVS) offers several different technologies to help schools and parents ensure compliance and increase school safety. The Wolfhound Pro with a direction finding antenna helps many parents find peace of mind; the handheld device allows them and/or law enforcement officers to track a GPS device attached to a child’s clothing or backpack. BVS also sells the most effective handheld metal detectors on the market; Garrett Metal Detectors allow school security officers to confiscate contraband guns, knives and phones.

Under development at BVS is the MantaRay mobile phone detector which will allow security personnel to scan a child without having to physically touch the child or their backpack when searching for a mobile phone. To cut down on distracted driving, BVS also makes the TransitHound, which monitors and discourages use of cell phones and distracted driving.

Scott Schober and his technological innovations were recently featured on the CNBC documentary “Faking The Grade” for the PocketHound cell phone detector, used for catching students cheating on exams using their mobile phone. Please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcjQ1fVlMPk&feature=player_embedded.

Scott N. Schober is the President and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, a 39-year-old provider of advanced wireless solutions for the telecommunications and security markets.