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RapidDeploy, Raptor Technologies Partner on School Safety

The partnership will integrate tools from both firms and aims to improve communications and response during school emergency situations amid growing concerns about school safety nationwide.

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The school safety software company Raptor Technologies and RapidDeploy, a public safety tech developer, are integrating their systems to enhance emergency communications amid national concerns about K-12 school shootings and other student safety issues.

According to a Tuesday news release, the integration will allow first responders and emergency communications centers to get instant notifications when users initiate emergency protocols through Raptor’s Raptor Alert platform and provide users with immediate access to incident information directly within RapidDeploy’s Next-Gen 911 platform. The information includes the school’s name, emergency type, location, name and phone number of the caller, and latitude/longitude.

“We are living in a time of increased threats to our schools, and our panic button alert system shares critical information with the right teams in seconds,” Chris Noell, chief product officer of Raptor Technologies, said in a statement. “Our integration with RapidDeploy ensures that schools have a direct and reliable method of connecting to 911 agencies and sharing location information so that they can get the emergency assistance they need.”

According to the announcement, the partnership combines tools such as RapidDeploy’s Radius Mapping solution, which provides callers and dispatchers a direct line of communication during school emergencies, with Raptor’s emergency alert system. The solution will also be integrated with Lightning, a companion app to Radius that provides responders with critical incident information via mobile devices.

The announcement noted that the Raptor alert system is currently used by more K-12 schools in the U.S. “than any other panic alert system,” adding that Raptor Technologies provides safety solutions to more than 5,000 school systems nationally. More than 1,500 911 agencies in the U.S. reportedly use RapidDeploy’s tools.

“Raptor’s panic button alert system provides an added layer of protection and can be the information that makes all the difference in how teams prepare, direct their resources and coordinate their response,” said Steve Raucher, CEO and co-founder of RapidDeploy. “We continue to build on our mission of reducing response times to save lives by integrating the data and partners that truly matter.”