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Nation's First High School Uses Ekahau RTLS (RFID-over-Wi-Fi)

Ekahau Inc., the high-performance leader in Real-Time Location Systems (RFID-over-Wi-Fi), announced the first implementation of its school safety solution in a United States high school, at Skyview High School in Nampa, Idaho. The successful Ekahau RTLS pilot started on April 12th, 2013 and the project was completed on April 30th, 2013.
With the Ekahau school safety solution, a Skyview teacher simply pulls down on their wearable Ekahau Wi-Fi badge in the event of a security or health emergency and the Ekahau badge sends a request for assistance within seconds, including event details and the teacher's location, to the school's Resource Officer and local dispatchers. Ekahau's 2-way RTLS messaging solution eliminates the need for manual dialing and map look-ups; pulling down on a badge places Skyview High School into lock-down. During emergencies, dispatchers may also use Ekahau messaging software to send mass communication texts to badge-holders, directing teachers and classes away from danger without dependence on cellular networks.  In addition, the Ekahau Forensics Replay™ software feature allows administrators to test emergency plan effectiveness by reviewing second-by-second event replays.
After researching a variety of school safety solutions, Petty-Ford Security Solutions of Idaho recommended the Ekahau RTLS to the Nampa Police Chief and school administrators. Funded by a private, unnamed donor, the Ekahau RTLS pilot project at Skyview High School leveraged the school's existing Wi-Fi infrastructure investment to deliver an affordable safety alerting solution for the school. By taking advantage of Skyview's existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, Ekahau eliminated the need for costly, hard-wired readers in every classroom.

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