Report Emergencies

Quickly and Discreetly Report Emergencies
You can report an emergency quickly by pressing the red button to on-site responders and then discreetly share any additional emergency information through a text, photo, video, or recording.

 
Location Tracking

Real Time Location Tracking
When you report an emergency, your location is sent to responders providing connected campuses and organizations real-time location tracking at the time of the emergency, for the duration of the emergency, and ending when emergency is resolved.

 
 
Crowdsource

Crowdsource Content
Punch Alert provides two-way communication during an emergency allowing all users to be involved and informed. Crowdsourcing content provides responders diverse information needed to aid in the resolution of an emergency.

 
Emergency Management

Mobile Emergency Management
Punch Alert allows local and official responders to manage an emergency in a coordinated and efficient manner from the time the emergency is received until it is resolved.

 
Announcements

Announcements
An organization uses Punch Alert announcements to distribute safety information to users, both inside and outside of organization.

 
 

Rapid Response

Rapid Response
Reducing the response time saves lives. Through location awareness and mass communication, Punch Alert works to bring about reduction of response time and quicker resolution of the reported emergency.

Blue Button

Post Tips
It‘s all about keeping users safe and informed! Punch Alert users will be able to quickly report a safety concern -“Tip” – through a Blue button and view other reported tips.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE

With Punch Alert it’s easy to Connect your Campus
With Punch Alert, all staff, faculty, students, and visitors can easily be engaged in a collaborative approach to campus safety. Users are connected with public announcements and the ability for anyone to post tips, report emergencies, and receive event notifications from the comfort of their smartphone. Help is always near with a connected campus – providing a safer campus for students anytime and anywhere on the campus.
Inform Key Personnel in Real-time
As incidents occur, it becomes critically important to notify the right people at the right time to get ahead of any potential fallout on your campus. Punch Alert allows you to automatically notify the right people or departments (Campus Security, Public Relations, & Faculty and Students etc.) upon categorization and release of an incident or emergency.
Report an Emergency
Punch Alert’s mobile safety app turns any iOS or Android device into a smart portable panic button.Faculty, staff, students, and visitors can press a button on their mobile device to quickly and discretely report an emergency immediately alerting the campus responders.

The press of the button will provide the responders who the location of the emergency, who you are, and what type of emergency – critical information needed to provide a quick resolution to the problem.

Collect & Share Information
Any user can submit information to emergency responders in real time within the app in different formats – text messages, images, video and audio recordings. When you collect information from multiple sources at once you are better equipped to understand the situation and the crowdsourcing of content provides responders diverse information needed to aid in the resolution of an emergency. The app includes an open communication forum that can be used by staff and emergency responders to communicate and coordinate efforts during an emergency.
Notify everyone onsite and offsite at the same time
With Punch Alert you don’t have to worry about relying on an old speaker system and you can reduce the use of radio and phone trees – you have everything in one app. Punch Alert automatically notifies your school’s responders – both internal and official – in real time. Incidents are reported quickly to all or selected groups on campus with information as to location and type of emergency.
Manage & Resolve emergencies
nstantly after an emergency is reported in Punch Alert, responders receive an email, text message, push notifications and automated phone call with the name and location of the person who reported the emergency. Responders can screen emergencies as they come in, release them to specific users, distribute emergency plans and instructions, share content and updates, as well as resolve the emergency – all from their mobile device.

Track students’ and staff’s exact location during an emergency, even indoors

Finding someone during an emergency is crucial, and you don’t want inaccurate location tracking to slow you down when it matters. That’s why all educational organizations using Punch Alert are geofenced.   Punch Alert leverages GPS, Cell and WiFi to triangulate location within the geofence of your facility.
And you’ll be ensured that only those on-site are tracked in an emergency.

Punch Alert also offers iBeacons which are small adhesive wireless bluetooth sensors that allow you to accurately determine the specific indoor location, down to the exact classroom, of users within 70 meters proximity during an emergency. You can place the iBeacons anywhere and title the name of the location where you place it, so you’ll have precise information about your staff’s, students’ and visitors’ indoor location in an active emergency.

aImprove the College Experience

Never has it been more important for educational institutions and campuses to ensure the highest quality of experience for their students and visitors. With Punch Alert, schools, colleges and other facilities can offer students free access to their community of safety. Visitors can easily participate as well by downloading the app and joining the school’s public network. That’s it! Educational institutions can use Punch Alert to improve the working, learning and living experience in college by allowing anyone on campus to submit tips or report emergencies, so everyone feels safe anytime and anywhere on campus.

Save crucial time when it matters

Punch Alert eliminates the time you would have spent on a phone call with bad reception, or waiting in line, or being transferred to the right person… With one tap the help you need is on its way. YMCA was able to find a missing child in minutes instead of hours using Punch Alert as their mobile safety system.

BEACON GRID - THE HARDWARE SIDE

 

Beacon Grid 

 

What BeaconGrid makes for you is infrastructure technology that uses patented sensors, BLE, and WiFi signals to augment real-time presence data within buildings.

Alright, so how do they do that?

BeaconGrid offers two layers of products. Infrastructure hardware and then APIs and data webhooks.

The infrastructure comprises of cards, rings, plugs, and outlets.

 

BG Hardware Sensors.png

 

Outlets and Plugs connect directly into the power in a building. And they offer multi-modes: scanning (i.e.,for nearby beacons), broadcasting (i.e., beaconing), and hybrid.

In scanning mode, outlets and plugs can detect nearby BLE devices (such as the ring and cards) and gather location data within a given physical range.

In broadcasting mode, these devices send out a signal to other BLE devices (e.g., smartphones), which is called beaconing. This is why this mode of action is also called beaconing mode.

All of these settings can be modified via the BeaconGrid dashboard.

 

Dashboard-Beacon-Scanning.png

 

Rings and cards don’t have a sensing mode, only beaconing mode. Rings and cards may be associated with an asset; for example, a specific identity, and then communicate that identity information with sensing Outlets and Rings nearby. This forms the basis of our real-time asset tracking solution called Presence.

ring-card.png

 

What can beaconing do?

Beaconing can be used in a lot of different ways. For example, if a store employs beaconing technology, it can send a message or coupon to every customer with a smart device as soon as they enter the store. This can be in tandem with the company’s app, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.

 

Multi-Mode-1.png

 

A municipality, too, could communicate with beacons, sending information to all drivers entering a given area about traffic conditions or abrupt detours, well before being able to set up physical signage. Beacons set up in tunnels and bridges could assist drivers who otherwise lose their GPS signal in those places. Alternatively, a beacon sent from an outlet to a security system can tell a door to lock or unlock based on the proximity of the person who is supposed to use it.

What can be done with real-time presence data from BeaconGrid Scans? webhooks and APIs?

This data could drive a Real Time Location System, or RTLS, can be used in different ways depending on different needs. Emergency services, for example, could use this data to find a single individual who phoned 911 inside a many-floored building. Managers could monitor who is using office resources, such as conference rooms, by seeing who is automatically detected in when. Clocking in and out can be streamlined by simply aligning clock-in times with when an employee enters the door and is registered by an outlet or plug.

So that’s it, that’s what all of this is and how it all works. I hope you’ll stick around as we dig deeper into the ins and outs of this technology, its applications for businesses and implications for broader technological changes. How did this all come about anyway? What’s going to happen next? I want to find out; how about you?