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Yale students create ‘active shooter’ alert app for schools

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 8th, 2019

In the wake of multiple school shootings in the past year, four Yale University students have created a mobile alert app they say can drastically reduce response time and potentially save lives.

After examining the response time in the tragic shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, “we realized there that schools really have a communication problem internally, but also externally,” said Michael Chime, who developed the app “Prepared” with classmates Daniel James, Neal Soni and Dylan Gleicher.

The mobile app lets faculty respond almost instantly to an active shooting incident using their phones to connect with students and first responders. Chime said most of the features on the app are the result of feedback from local schools, and a case study he and his team conducted on the Parkland school shooting.

Approved users can send a lockdown notification to the entire school and local law enforcement through the program by pressing and holding an “active shooter” button for three seconds, which sends out an Amber alert-style message. The program also has a messaging feature that lets users provide information on the emergency, including location and description of the suspected shooter.

“That streamlined response will be communicated with the authorities at the press of a button,” Chime said, touting a 15-second alert time. Another feature notifies school district officials, who can in turn send alerts to nearby schools.

Yale has invested roughly $40,000 into the start-up, including the school’s Miller Prize for $25,000.

The founding team will spend their summer in an accelerator program where they will continue to develop the app and work with school districts nationwide to implement it.

Source: ctpost

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