After the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., there was much discussion in the media about proper steps that school personnel should take to quickly lock down a school in the event of an active shooter scenario. In some cases, the coverage has shed light on the One-Button Lock-Down system created by IntraLogic Solutions, a Massapequa N.Y.-based AV and life safety integrator and software developer.
The One-Button Lock-Down is an AV and security solution that is designed to minimize the time it takes to notify law enforcement and lock down a facility in the event of an active shooter situation.
IntraLogic Solutions developed One-Button Lock-Down in the wake of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., says IntraLogic CEO Lee Mandel.
“We went and met with a lot of communities around the country, and they told us about the challenges they have in locking down and securing their buildings during an emergency situation such as a lockdown,” he says.
“The more we spoke to parents, teachers, community members and especially law enforcement, the more we realized how critical time is, and seconds truly do matter in a situation like this.
“Seconds matter. Seconds will save lives.”
With the touch of one button – whether that be on a phone, a touchscreen, a keyboard, a dedicated “panic button” in an office, classroom, hallway or what have you – the One-Button Lock-Down can be customized to trigger whatever actions the particular school needs to happen immediately, such as:
- Contacting police
- Disabling door card access
- Flashing strobe lights
- Checking for ajar doors and notifying staff
- Triggering lockdown messages over PA
- Displaying lockdown messages over computer screens and digital signage
- Showing lockdown message on IP phones or playing audible message
- Sending email, text and phone alerts to parents and students
The last thing decision-makers should need to do in an active shooter scenario, Mandel says, is have to pull out a checklist to see what they need to do first, second, etc.
IntraLogic’s One-Button Lock-Down is provided by about 100 dealers across the U.S. and is deployed in over 2,500 buildings, Mandel says.
Commercial Integrator talked to Mandel recently about One-Button Lock-Down and IntraLogic’s plans to add more dealers to help protect more schools.