Badge Messenger Addresses School Security Alert Technology Challenges
The alert system doesn’t require WiFi or cellular service, and communication is encrypted and takes place on its own wireless network.
Badge Messenger, a single-source communication and alert system for schools, enables two-way communication for both emergency and non-emergency classroom situations.
The small, non-disruptive messaging device is an ID badge holder that teachers wear on a lanyard to call for help. Four assistance buttons on the badge allow teachers to ask for support in the classroom, call for medical or maintenance assistance, or alert administrators to a security concern. Lockdowns can be initiated and calls for assistance can be sent by simply pushing a button, according to the company.
“Badge Messenger provides a simple, discreet, readily available device that enables staff and administration to efficiently communicate during emergency events and also make routine, day-to-day requests for assistance,” says Harold Mindlin, vice president of marketing and sales at Badge Messenger. “The concept began with a teacher’s request for a device to notify them when fire drills or lockdowns were over. It quickly evolved into an always-available, discreet device for both emergency and non-emergency communication between staff and administration.”
Badge Messenger uses a 900 MHZ band technology called LoRa and it does not require WiFi or cellular service, allowing it to be in constant contact and not subject to disruption by cellular congestion or power outages. The solution is battery operated and can be recharged through USB. Communication on the Badge Messenger system is encrypted and takes place on its own wireless network.
Badge Messenger is also compliant with Alyssa’s Law, which is named after Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff. The law requires all public schools to install silent panic alarms that will alert law enforcement during an emergency. Badge Messenger is programmed to communicate with the Communication, Alert, Respond, Evaluate and Learn (CAREL) portable tablet command center, located in a school’s office or administrative area.
To learn more about the alert system, visit badgemessenger.com.