SentryVMS® Integrates with Panic Button Solution for Schools

Violence in schools is unfortunately becoming more common. While video surveillance is one of the essential elements in an overall school security plan, an emerging tool offers the ability to send real-time, emergency alerts at the push of a button.

SentryVMS now supports an open integration with Audio Enhancement’s Security Alert For Education (SAFE) System to provide an optimal solution for school crisis response.  Already used in schools across the country, the SAFE System is a wearable device, or panic button, that a teacher or administrator has on at all times. The SAFE system, consisting of a receiver/ amplifier, teardrop microphone, monitoring station, and network interface is customized to process alert notifications according to specific school district policy. 


One of the most severe limitations during an active crisis situation in a school building is the inability to know exactly what and where something is happening. In the event of an emergency—such as an active shooter heard in the hallway or a violent classroom incident—the teacher can discreetly request assistance by pressing the panic button. First responders are notified with an audible and visual alert signal and can then listen to a live audio feed from the classroom.   The integration between the SAFE System and SentryVMS results in a pop-up window being created within SentryVMS that shows an integrated facility map with the exact location of the alert.  From this interface, it is easy to view live video of the situation, as well as review recorded clips of video immediately preceding the triggered incident.  This real-time information provides a crucial resource in helping critical decisions to be made instantly in the event of an emergency.

There are a number of crisis situations that arise on school campuses that this integration is well-suited to address, including shootings, stabbings, fights, explosive devices, medical emergencies for students or teachers, and issues involving disgruntled employees or parents.  By discreetly pressing the panic button on the integrated microphone, the school personnel can now request immediate assistance without drawing unnecessary attention.

School administrators welcome the power that the SentryVMS and SAFE System emergency alert button integration delivers, as it can be the only lifeline for their teachers and students during a chaotic situation.”, said David Antar, president of IPVideo Corporation.