According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings of last year, schools on all levels have been increasing the use of location based technologies to facilitate an emergency response. Notable in those efforts, this past summer, Skyview High School in the fast growing community of Nampa, Idaho, decided to equip its teachers with Wi-Fi enabled RFID badges. It is thought to be the first time such a system has been installed to enhance school safety - the badges can be used to call for a police or medical response. More below:
(ekahau News Release, June 12, 2013)
Skyview High School Becomes First U.S. School to Implement Ekahau RTLS (RFID-over-Wi-Fi™) for School Safety
(ekahau Case Study, June 24, 2013)
Comment: Clearly, the links provided above are promotional in nature. But beyond the "show room sales pitch" is the reality that this application of RFID technology is, unfortunately, in its infancy in deployment. Time and time again - the nation is seeing instances where location driven information is of increasing value to the Emergency Services Sector.
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