IAS Awarded Patent for School Emergency Alert System

Fast Alert system designed to notify students, administrators, teach and responders


PORT ANGELES, WA -- Sept. 2007 -- Incident Alert Systems (IAS), a Port Angeles, Washington-based company, received notice from the US Patent Office that it has granted IAS broad patent coverage for its Fast Alert security system. Fast Alert, a computer-enabled, incident warning and management system, was developed in response to a recognized need to make schools and public facilities safer. IAS has taken this opportunity to launch their product nationally, just in time for the new school year.

Inventors Tom Reyes, and Garry Thompson, both of Port Angeles, developed the Fast Alert® incident management system in response to tragic events occurring at schools and other public facilities. "We kept seeing heartbreaking school shootings in the US and in other countries," said Reyes. "One commonality was the inability to quickly provide warning throughout all campus areas. When help did arrive, first responders were often 'working in the dark', having no access to current information. Good tactical response requires real time knowledge of the event as it unfolds," said Reyes. "It became clear to us that there was a need for a system to help keep our children and their educators' safe while at school."

IAS's national research and analysis of school shootings and other similar tragic events revealed two critical facts; a need for a campus-wide system to warn teachers and students of a dangerous situation in a timely manner; and a need to keep everyone including administrators, teachers, and responders, updated as the event unfolds.

The Fast Alert system provides immediate warning of imminent or in-progress life- threatening events via a secure computer network throughout any number of remote, but related sites. IAS proprietary software makes available a menu of alert options, including lockdown, evacuation, shelter-in-place and all-clear alarms.

The Fast Alert system provides users flexibility in selecting the building, or group of buildings, to which the alert is to be sent. Tone, voice, and "silent" alerts may be activated. The combination of tone and voice alerts maximizes efficiency of audio broadcasts to provide clear warnings and to give instructions that help ensure protection of life. "Having prerecorded voice alerts ensures a calm communication of the critical message without the outside influences of the current emergency," said Reyes. Users can create text messages associated with the alert to further enhance "silent" communication during the incident. These messages are available to any authorized person with access to a computer on the common data network.

The Fast Alert system can be activated by cell phone, PDA, tablet computer, laptop or desktop computer, and supports many wireless platforms. "This mobile, all platform, management capability empowers those charged with managing the emergency. They are no longer restricted to a specific location from which to provide warning or monitor the event," said Reyes. "It is common for computers to be in every classroom or office, each one providing access to the Fast Alert® network."

The Fast Alert system is effective, economical and designed for any number of emergency situations, such as: active shooter(s) on campus; flood; fire; hazardous material spill or release; earthquake; tornado; tsunami; terrorist attack or military event. Audio broadcasts and alert options are easily customized to accommodate any type of event or preexisting emergency protocol.

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