Landmark US Patent for School Safety
School Safety Partners
SchoolSAFE founders have beenawarded a US patent for a nationalemergency communications network that will give top priority to schools.
Centennial, CO, October 12, 2010 --SchoolSAFE CommunicationsfoundersPatrick Hobby and David Petty have beenawarded United States Patent No. 7,813,750, which provides the core technology for a new national emergency communicationsnetwork.The patent addresses the lack of interoperablecommunications between professional first responders and those they are trying to rescue. This has been a key issue encountered in the Columbine High School massacre, the World Trade Centerattack, the 2008 Mumbai hotel attacks, and countless other deadly incidents around the world.The patent, issued October 12, 2010, was awarded based on the inventors' low-cost system thatallows multi-layered communications in the heat of most emergencies. This communicationsapproach during a crisis enables instant partnering among response agencies, 9-1-1, and citizenstrained in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System(ICS). The system in effect multiplies the number of people available to handle an incident, andminimize personal injury and property damage.In Colorado, where SchoolSAFE Communications is based, every school must have staff memberstrained in NIMS and ICS, and many of the leading school districts have implemented theSchoolSAFE system with their local sheriffs and 9-1-1 authority boards.Senator Tom Wiens will host a series of conferences to help set up statewide emergency communications networks around the country. The former lawmaker was a principal author of theColorado Safe School Act. There are currently SchoolSAFE pilot programs in other states includingCalifornia, Idaho, Utah, Illinois, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Florida.Before developing SchoolSAFE, Hobby and Petty had already established themselves in publicsafety as leading providers of interoperable communications in the region, through their company,QDS Communications. "Schools are still trying to catch up with the communications advances seenin public safety over the last 10 years," said Hobby. "That was a gap we had to bridge because on any given school day about a quarter of the population is in a school building or on a college campus."
SchoolSAFE provides interoperable communications