The Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas has acquired 100 wearable tracking devices as part of a pilot program aimed at improving school campus safety, according to Dallas Observer.
Under the pilot program, CISD has purchased the tracking devices from Dallas-based company eTrak. Small enough to wear on a lanyard, keychain, or belt, the tracking devices use GPS and Wi-Fi signals to monitor the user’s location, down to the very classroom they are in.
The small, wearable device allow school officials to locate teachers, bus drivers, professors, administration, field trip groups, and children with special needs quickly and keep them safe by providing them a configurable, hierarchical alerting system.
At the single press of the eTrak Alert Button, emergency messages are instantly sent to pre-programmed recipients. Teachers can notify the administration office. The school office can notify local law enforcement, all within seconds. The eTrak Panic Alert technology sends emergency messages containing the sender’s name and photo, along with their location.
That Carroll ISD is testing the program on adult teachers, not students, and plans to review the program after a year.
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