Tesseract Ventures: Enhancing School Safety and Security with Advanced Technologies
1. Executive Summary
School safety and security is a critical concern for educators, parents, and communities alike. The integration of advanced technologies, such as Tesseract’s PRISM L2T Badge, Tesseract Bracer, Mosaic Software, Tesseract Smart Space LT, Machine Vision, Real Time Location Sensors, and Tesseract Alert Route Lighting System, can significantly enhance the capabilities of school safety teams and first responders. These technologies provide real-time situational awareness, improved communication, advanced planning and response capabilities, and the ability to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances. By leveraging this integrated technology stack, schools can improve safety and security, minimize risks, and ultimately, protect students, staff, and facilities.
Recent years have seen a growing focus on school safety and security, driven by an increasing awareness of the threats and challenges faced by educational institutions. To address these concerns, schools are increasingly turning to advanced technologies and integrated solutions, which can provide a comprehensive, real-time view of the school environment and enable rapid, effective response to emergencies.
This paper explores the potential benefits and applications of an integrated technology stack, including the PRISM L2T Badge, Tesseract Bracer, Mosaic Software, Tesseract Smart Space LT, Machine Vision, Real Time Location Sensors, and Tesseract Alert Route Lighting System, in the context of school safety and security operations. It examines the specific capabilities and features of each technology, as well as the potential synergies and benefits that can be achieved through their integration.
3. Comprehensive Technology Stack
The following sections provide an overview of the key technologies that form the integrated technology stack, as well as their specific applications and benefits in the context of school safety and security operations.
3.1 PRISM Robotics Domain Solutions
3.1.1 PRISM L2T Badge
The PRISM L2T Badge is a wearable robot designed to enhance school safety by enabling real-time location tracking, bi-directional communication, and seamless integration with the Tesseract Smart Space LT system.
Key features of the L2T Badge include:
- Real-time location tracking and monitoring, allowing school administrators and safety teams to monitor the location of staff, students, and first responders during emergencies.
- Bi-directional communication capabilities, enabling school staff to receive alerts and instructions from administrators or first responders. This feature allows silent notifications (via vibration) or sound notifications, depending on the situation. For example, staff can receive notification of a safety event along with specific instructions (e.g., shelter in place and lock the door, or exit the room and turn right to leave the building).
- Three-button interface (up/down/select) for silent alerting and panic features. Users can hold down the up and select buttons for 3 seconds to send a silent alarm, with the system responding with a set of prompts for additional information, which can be answered with yes/no or other predefined responses.
3.1.2 Tesseract Bracer
The Tesseract Bracer is a wearable device that provides school staff and first responders with access to critical information and resources during emergencies.
Key features include:
- Real-time access to school maps, floor plans, and other relevant data, enabling rapid navigation and response.
- Integration with the PRISM L2T Badge and Tesseract Space LT system, providing a comprehensive view of the school environment and the location of key personnel.
3.2 Mosaic Domain Solutions
3.2.1 Mosaic Software
Mosaic Software is a powerful situational awareness and decision-making tool designed for use in emergency response scenarios.
Key features include:
- Real-time data sharing and collaboration, enabling school safety teams and first responders to access and share critical information, such as the location of threats, safe evacuation routes, and the status of key personnel.
- Integration with the PRISM L2T Badge, Tesseract Bracer, and Tesseract Smart Space LT system, providing a unified view of the school environment and the ability to coordinate and manage emergency response efforts effectively.
3.3 Tesseract Smart Space Solutions
3.3.1 Tesseract Smart Space LT
Tesseract Smart Space LT is an advanced real-time location system (RTLS) that provides precise location tracking and monitoring capabilities within the school environment. Key features include:
- Integration with PRISM L2T Badge and Tesseract Bracer, enabling real-time tracking of staff, students, and first responders during emergencies.
- Support for Machine Vision through IP cameras, providing advanced analytics capabilities, such as detecting firearms, unauthorized adult visitors, and potential violence between students.
- Integration with real time location Sensors for gunshot detection and other sensorial processing, allowing for rapid alerts and response to potential threats.
- Tesseract Alert Route Lighting System (ARLS) integration, an LED display system that can provide real-time alert and emergency information, as well as non-emergency school-related information and announcements.
3.3.2 Machine Vision
Machine Vision is a key component of the integrated technology stack, leveraging IP cameras and advanced analytics Software to enhance school safety and security. Key features and benefits include:
- Detection of firearms and issuing alerts, allowing for rapid response to potential threats.
- Identification and alerting of unauthorized adult visitors, particularly those not wearing a Tesseract badge and/or not tracked with RTLS technology.
- Recognition of violence between students or precursor behaviors, enabling early intervention and prevention of potentially dangerous situations.
3.3.3 Real Time Location System Sensors
The integration of real time location Sensors into the Tesseract Smart Space LT system provides additional capabilities for enhancing school safety and security.
Key features and benefits of these sensors include:
- Gunshot detection and alert generation, allowing for rapid response to active shooter situations.
- Other sensorial processing capabilities that can be integrated with the Tesseract Smart Space LT system, providing additional situational awareness and threat detection.
3.3.4 Tesseract Alert Route Lighting System (ARLS)
The Tesseract Alert Route Lighting System is an innovative LED display solution that can be attached to edge deices, providing real-time alert and emergency information to school staff and students.
Key features and benefits include:
- Displaying specific instructions during emergencies, such as exit routes to designated muster points.
- During non-emergency situations, the system can display any desired school-related information, such as announcements, updates, or messages promoting school spirit.
3.3.5 Key Features and Benefits of Integration
By integrating the PRISM L2T Badge, Tesseract Bracer, Mosaic Software, Tesseract Smart Space LT, Machine Vision, real time location Sensors, and Tesseract Alert Route Lighting System, schools can achieve a comprehensive, real-time view of their environment and rapidly respond to emergencies. This integrated technology stack enables:
- Enhanced situational awareness and decision-making capabilities
- Improved communication and coordination between school staff, safety teams, and first responders
- Advanced planning and response capabilities, including the ability to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances
- Minimized risks and improved overall school safety and security
4. Comprehensive Use Case Scenarios
The following use case scenario demonstrates how the integrated technology stack can be applied in a school safety and security context, from pre-deployment data collection and assessment to post-operation analysis and improvement identification.
4.1 Pre-Deployment: Data Collection and Assessment
During the pre-deployment phase, school administrators and safety teams gather essential data, such as school maps, floor plans, and information on existing security measures. This data is integrated into the Tesseract Space LT system, along with Machine Vision capabilities using IP cameras and RTLS Sensors.
4.2 Deployment and Coordination: Equipping School Safety Teams
School safety teams and staff are equipped with PRISM L2T Badges and Tesseract Bracers, while first responders are provided with access to Mosaic Software. This allows for real-time location tracking and bi-directional communication between school staff, safety teams, and first responders.
4.3 Situational Awareness and Decision Making: Real-Time Data Sharing
During an emergency, real-time data sharing through Mosaic Software enables school safety teams and first responders to access critical information, such as the location of threats, safe evacuation routes, and the status of key personnel.
4.4 Safety and Coordination: Enhanced Communication
Bi-directional communication capabilities provided by the PRISM L2T Badge allow for rapid and efficient communication between school staff, safety teams, and first responders. This includes silent alerts and panic features, enabling staff to discreetly send alarms and receive instructions during emergencies.
4.5 Mission Planning and Adjustment: Dynamic Strategy Development
As the situation evolves, Mosaic Software allows for dynamic strategy development, enabling school safety teams and first responders to rapidly adjust their plans and coordinate their actions in response to changing circumstances. This includes leveraging real-time data from robots and sensors to make informed decisions and implement effective response strategies.
4.6 Post-Operation Analysis: Evaluating the Response and Identifying Improvements
Following the resolution of an emergency, school administrators, safety teams, and first responders can analyze the data collected during the event to evaluate the effectiveness of their response and identify areas for improvement. This includes reviewing the performance of the integrated technology stack, assessing the impact of communication and coordination efforts, and identifying potential enhancements to the system for future incidents.
The integration of advanced technologies offers significant potential to improve school safety and security operations. These technologies provide a comprehensive, real-time view of the school environment, enabling rapid, effective response to emergencies and enhancing overall safety for students, staff, and facilities.