School turns to Mobile Duress Solution to Provide Emergency Silent, Wireless Panic Alert System

WIU Crossroads directors were seeking a silent, wireless panic alert system to use in emergency situations

Westmoreland Intermediate Unit (WIU) Crossroads School in Greensburg, Pennsylvania provides an Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) program for students in grades 6-12 who are persistently disruptive or could benefit from intensive therapeutic emotional support in a substitute placement.

The unique environment of WIU Crossroads heightens the potential for disorderly or sometimes violent behavior that could require intervention by professionals trained in the de-escalation of disruptive and potentially dangerous episodes. By wearing wireless, mobile Help Alert pendants staff can silently and discreetly summon immediate assistance in the event of verbal or physical conflicts, medical emergencies and other situations that require additional staff intervention – simply
with the press of a button.


Of the mobile emergency call systems reviewed by Crossroads, Help Alert was selected because there was no need to add a costly infrastructure. The solution utilized the school’s existing Wi-Fi network and access points for location calculation, and Help Alert’s battery-powered, Wi-Fi based reference tags were added to supplement in areas where enhanced location accuracy was desirable.

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