BluePoint Aims To Bring Life-Safety Mind-Set To Police Pull Stations

By: Dan Gelinas, Published on Sep 20, 2018

Fire alarm pull stations are commonplace but police ones are not.

A self-funded startup, BluePoint Alert Solutions is aiming to make police pull stations commonplace, changing not only the way the alarms are deployed but also the way people think about them. A September 2018 story in the Chicago Tribune featured BluePoint's solution ("Worried about gun violence, more than 20 Illinois schools install blue emergency boxes that notify police of an active shooter").

To better understand what they are doing, we spoke with BluePoint's Co-Founder, examining inside: 

  • What Their Solution Is
  • Why Pull Stations
  • Who Is Using It
  • How Does It Come To Market
  • Who BluePoint Is
  • What They Hope To Accomplish
  • Potential Problems With The Approach

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* ****-****** *******, ********* ***** ********* ** ****** ** **** police **** ******** ***********, changing *** **** *** way *** ****** *** deployed *** **** *** way ****** ***** ***** them. * ********* ********* ** *** ******* Tribune ******** *********'* ********("******* ***** *** ********, more **** ** ******** schools ******* **** ********* boxes **** ****** ****** of ** ****** *******").

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  • *** **** ** **** To ******
  • *** ********* **
  • **** **** **** ** Accomplish
  • ********* ******** **** *** Approach

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What *** ******** **

********* ***** ** *** fire *****-****, **** ******** at ******* *********, ****** the *********** ***** ****** out **** ***** *** desk ** *** ****** manager ** **** ****** and ******* **** ************** ***** ****.

**** ***** **** ********* Co-Founder **** ****** [**** no ****** *********]. ********* to ******, *** ****** of *** ********** ******** is ***** ******** *******, called ********** & ******* ******** Management ******, ** **. ** ******* ********* inputs **** ******** ******* like **** ********, ******** transmitter **** ** **** the ******** ********* ** users' ********* *** ******** emergency ************ *** ***** situational ********* *** ********* response ***** ** *** graphic ***** *******:

  • ****** ****** *** *************: When *** **** ******* is *********, *** ****** sends *** * **** message ** ************* ******, notifying ** *** *********
  • **** ******** ****** *****: Upon **********, *** ****** brings **** ****** ***** from ******* ****** *** activated **** ******* *** members ** *** ******* group *** ***** **********. *** system ***** ***** **** the ******* **** *** C2 ******* ***** ******** behind *** ******’* ******** then ***. *** ****** does *** ******* ******** VMS *******.
  • *****-****** *************: **** *********, the ****** *** ** integrated **** ***** ******* and *** ****** ***** hazards, **** **** *******, dangerous ** ******, ** medical ***********
  • ********* ******** *******: **** activated, *** ****** ***** up ** ******* ** emergency ********** *************, **** reunification *****, ******* ********* protocols, ***.
  • ****** ***** **************: **** activation, *** ****** ***** available * *** ** the ******** **** ***** the ********* ** *******, including *** ********* ******
  • *-*** *************: **** *** pull ******* ** ********* text ******** ** ***. All *** ******* ******** can **** **** ** the ******* *****, ******** them **** ****-**** *********** awareness

** ******* ** *** Visual ***** ************** *** be **** *****:

*** ***** ** ** example ** * *-*** text ** ***** ******* who ******** *** ******* emergency ***** **** *** texted **** *********** ** a ******* *** ** the ******* ***.

**** ** ** ********* notification ****** **** *** either ***** ***** ** be ********* ** ********* devices **** ***** **** police **** ******** (******** with *** ******** ******** communications ******, * ***** 2-button ******** ***********) ** their ***** ******* ***** pull ********:

"*** **** ****** ** the **** ******* ** actually ******* ****** ******," ****** **** ****. "But **** ** ***** it ** ******* ********** to ***** ** *** our ********. *** ** put *** **** ** it."

*** ********** ** *** pull ******** ** ******** wirelessly ******* ********* **** make ** *** ********* wireless ************** ** *********'* proprietary *****. **** *****, signals *** ************ ** first ********** *** *********'* chosen **-******, **-******** *** party ******* *******, **** Shales ***** *** ****. The ** ****** **** uses *** ******* ** prompt ******* ******. *** C2 ****** *** ********* of ** ********* ********** and ********* *** **** created ** * ***** party ******** ********* **** BluePoint **** ******'* ****. The ***** ***** ********* the ** ******** ********** System:

**** *** **** ******* is *********, *** ** system ***** **** ******** to *** ************* ************. The ****** ******** ***-*** communication, ** ******** ****** can ************ *********** ******* via **** ** ***** through *** ** ****** to *** ******* *****—********* of ****** ********* ******** managers—in * ****** ******, the *********(*), **************, *** School ******** ******* (***)—*** local ***** **********. *** ongoing ***-*** ************* ******* a ********** ********** *********** awareness, ********* ****.

Why **** ********?

****** **** **** ****** to **** *** ******-****** signaling ****** ** * **** station ******* ** *** form ******'* ********** ******:

**** ***  **** ******* It’s ******** *** *********... ********* an ******** **** *** plunger ******** ** *****-***-**** panic ****** ** *** office, **'* **** ********* to * *** ****** in *** ********. ** recommend ***** ****** **** stations ** ***** ******* juncture. 

**** ********* ***** ****** reachable ********* ** ****** in *** ******* ***** fleeing *** ***** ** the ***** ** ** active ******* ** ***** police ***********.

Who ** ***** **

********* **** *** ********* vertical ***** *** ** the *-** ******. ****** they **** **** ******* in ***** *****:BluePoint Co-Founder John Shales

*** ***** *** ****** is *******, **** ****** and *******. **’** ****** inroads **** ******** *** hospitals, *********, *********, ***. But ** *** ** really ** ******** ** schools *** ** **** and *** ***** ***** of *******.

********* ** ** ** states *** ** *********** 200 ***********. *** ******, a **** **** ** thumb *** *** ***** cost ** * ******** system ** $.**-$*.**/****** **** of ******* *****. **** includes *** ******** **************, the **** ********, *** head ***, *** ************. Shales ** ******* ** stress ********* ***** ***** give ** ******** ** quote ******* * ****, detailed ****** ** *** site. ** ****** *** there *** **** ********* that ** **** ********* an ****** *****: ****** and **** ** *********, age, *** ************ ** buildings, ****** ** ******* pull ********, ****** ** wireless ********* ****** ** provide * ****** **************, etc. **** ***** ** the ********** **** **** Shales **** ******'* ********:

**** ****** ***** * bit ********* **** **** have. ****** ** ********—*** example *** ***** ******** in *** ********, ****’* one *****. ** **** put ** *** ***** students, ****’* ******* ****. If **** *** ** all ***** ******* (*** aren’t ******** *************, ** the ***) **** ***** up ******* ***** ** magnitude. **** *****’* ****** of *********, *** ** on.

How **** ** **** ** ******

********* ** *** ******** manufacturer. **** ******* *** "parts *** ******" ** local ********** ******** *** generally **** *** ******** to ***** *********. ****** says ******** **** **** with ****** *** *********** of *** ******, ****** tech ******* ****** ** the *** **** *** then **** ****** ** their ***** ********** ******** who *******, **** & inspect, *** ******* & maintain. ****** **** **** have "****, ****" ********,*** * *** *** listed ** ***** ****, ********* ********* ********** *********,**** **************,*******'* ***** ***** ********,*** ****** **** *** Safety ***.*** ******* ***********, ***.,**** **** ******** ********** and **********, ***** ******.

Who ********* **

********* *** **-******* ** 2013 ** **** ****** and **** ******, **** also ********** ** ****** McNutt ************. *** *** companies *** ********** ******** legal *** ********* ********, according ** ******, ****** there ** *****-*********** ** senior management *** **** ** the ********* *** **** is *** ****. ****** says ***** *** **** synergy ******* *** ************ company *** *** ******** company:

** *** *** ***** in ******** ***** ***** Hook. ** **** **** a ********** **********, ******. We ***** *******, ** we're ******** **** **** safety *** ******** *****. **’** required ** **** ** put **** ****** ** all ***** *******. ** thought "*** *** *** in ********* **** **** for ******, ***?" ** takes *** **** ** call***. ** *** * case ***** ** * client *** **** *** a ***** ** ***** under-the-desk ***** *******. **** tested **** *** ** the ** **** ***, only ** ** **** worked. **** *** * false ***** ** ********. What **’** **** ** we've ***** *** ***** our ****** ** *** code ************ ** **** alarms. *** *******, ***********, battery ******, **********, ***. We ******* *** ** the ***** ****-****** **** requirements **** ****** *** fire ***** ****** ***** and ******* ********** ** into *** ******.

What **** **** ** **********

****** ****** *** **** fire ***** **** ******** are ******** ** **** safety ****. *** **** dictates *** *********, ******, and ********* ** *** devices. *******, ** **** code ******** *** *** of *********'* **** ****** **** stations. "** ***’* **** gone ******* * ***** discussion ** *** * person********** * **** *****," Shales ****.  "** *** have * ******** ******** **** *****," **** asked ** ********* *** designs ** *** *** drive *********** ** ******* active ******* **** ******** as **** ** ****-****** code:

**’* **** ****** *****. That’s * *** ******** to *** ****. ** have * *** *********** down ** *** ***** where ****’** ***** ** implement **** ** * local *****. ** **** it ***** ** ** a ***** ***** *****. It ***** ** ** towns *** **** ****** and **** *******. ********* the *********** **** ***** on.

********* ***** ****, ***** for ********* ************ ******* that ******** ***** ******* were ********* ** ******** ******** news *******. ******* ** *** logistical ******* **** ***** alarms, ********** *****, *** dependable ******** ****** ************ can ** ******** ** still *******. ******* ** not ***** ** ****** lobbying ***** ** *** legislation ****** *** **** police **** ******** ******** by ****-****** **** ******* to ** ****.

Potential ******** **** *** ********

**** *** ******** ******, especially *** **** ** life-safety ** *********, ** not ** ****, ********* power, *** ****** ******** are ********. **** *********** and **** **** ***** have * ******* **** wireless **** ********* ** smoke ********* ** * school. ********* **** *** whole ****** ** ***** supervised *** *** ******** sensors **** *** *** battery ****** **** ****** plus ** *** ** modified ** ** *********, though, **** *** *** tradeoff ** * **** expensive ******* **** ** Shales' ******* ** *** worth **. 

** *** ****** ****** the ********* ** ** hardwired ** *** ****** wants **. *** ******* though ** **** **** we’ve **** ** *** wireless ****, *****’* ** different, ******* ** *********** that ** *** *** only *** ***** ** make ** ** *** central *******—**’** *** ** much ********** ***** **, that ** ******’* ** that *** **** *****. The **** ** **********, that’s ****. *** **** you’re ******* ***** ** wired ****** ******** ** really *********.

***** ***, *** ****** is ************* ********** ** the *** *** *****, which ** **********, *** crowded, ****** ******:

**'** ********* ** *** 900MHz. ** **** ** for *** ***********. *** there’s **** * *** of ******* ** **** area, ** **’** ******** looking ** ***** ******* as ****.

****** ********** *** ********* upset ***** *** ******* to ******** ***** ******. A ****** **** ************ an ****** ********** *********-******** panic ***** *** ****** use ** ******* ********* would **** ****** ******** false ***** *** ******** dispatch. *******, ****** **** that *******'* ** * problem:

** *** ****** *** a ******* **** **** alarm **** ******** ***** pulled ** *****, **** it ***** ** *** same *** *** ****** Shooter ***. *******, ** prompts **** **** **** cameras *** **** ******* at *** ******, **** can **** ** ** was ** ********** **********.

****** **** ****** *** that ********* ****** ** conjunction **** ****** ***** conceptualizing ***** ****** *** that ***** ********** ****** commonly ******** **** *** premise *** *** ****** at *** **** **** upon ********** ** **** can ********* ** ** is * ***** *****. However, ***** ******** ***** have ******* ******* ********, so ********* ****** ***** how **** ****** *********** and ******* **** ** to ***** ****.

Poll / ****

Comments (5)

**** ****** **** *** same ***** ******* *** trying ** **, **** was * *******. 

****, * ******* ******* was ***** * ******* / ******** ***** ****** as ** ***, ****** than ***** ******** ******** (see ******** ***** ****** ** An *** - *******).

* ** *** ****** this **** ******* ** not, **** **** * think **'* * ********* approach.

***** ***** ** ******* real **** ************* ** dispatchers *** ******. *** this *** *** ******** buttons *** ******* *** mobile, ***** ********* ***** to **** **** **** of ******** ****** ** well. *** ****** ************* looks ** ** **** similar. 

* **** *** **** of **** ******** ** report ******* ********. ****** than ***** ******** ******* ****** ***** ***, ** ** *******.

"****** **** ******* ****** to *** *** ****"

** ****** ******* ** the *** **** ********* a *** ******* ***** even **** ** * life-safety ******** ***********?

 

 

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