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Mutualink and Rave Mobile Safety Partner on Life-Saving School Safety Technology

Two leading public safety technology innovators, Mutualink and Rave Mobile Safety, have partnered to enable faster real-time communication and information sharing with first responders during an emergency. The companies have integrated their advanced communication technologies – Rave Panic Button and Mutualink K12 – into one effective, easy-to-use system. The communications platform is ideal for K-12 schools, colleges and universities, as well as hospitals, municipal buildings, retail and entertainment venues, and corporate campuses.

The combined solution instantly links onsite personnel directly with police, fire, and EMS during emergency situations. For the first time, the parties can now share critical information in real time – including push-to-talk radio, public address/intercom communications, live video streaming, and floor plans of the facility. This enables first responders to gain greater levels of transparency into an emergency situation before entering, as well as have radio interoperability with the onsite radio system, regardless of type. This increased situational awareness results in a faster, better informed, more precise and effective emergency response.

“Mutualink’s interoperable communication platform combined with Rave Panic Button takes incident collaboration to a whole new level.” said Tom Axbey, president and CEO of Rave Mobile Safety. “We are thrilled to offer a joint solution that will drastically improve response times and enhance collaboration with responders for schools and other critical infrastructure assets.”

Numerous studies conclude that during active shooter incidents, time is a critical factor in response tactics: the shortest response time saves lives. In multiple school safety drills, Mutualink’s K12 technology has reduced time to incident resolution by 40-50 percent. Additionally, Rave Panic Button activations have been field proven across the country to drastically reduce response times in both active assailant and medical emergencies, while providing responders with greater intelligence into the situation. 

How Does It Work During an Emergency?

  • When Rave Panic Button is activated, 9-1-1 is immediately dialed and a voice connection established with the telecommunicator. Simultaneously, on-site personnel are notified and a secure communications connection is established between the school or facility and designated first responders through Mutualink’s platform.
  • Mutualink K12 acts as a gateway for real-time voice, push-to-talk radio interoperability, video streaming, data and text communications, enabling school officials and first responders to share critical information in real time.
  • Additional agencies can be added to the communications session as needed, e.g. notifying a hospital of incoming patients.

“During a school emergency, seconds matter – and saving even a precious few minutes during an ongoing threat saves lives,” said Mark Hatten, CEO of Mutualink. “By collaborating with Rave Mobile Safety, we’re providing an all-in-one technology solution that speeds response time and improves school safety – giving teachers, staff, students and parents much-needed peace of mind and first instantaneous responders real-time actionable intelligence.”