SOURCE: Affigent

Affigent

June 24, 2013 11:03 ET

Affigent Launches Pilot With Calhoun County to Support School Safety Initiatives

Industry-Leading Solution to Reduce School Violence With Instant Notification System for Improved School-Wide Emergency Response Management

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Jun 24, 2013) - Affigent, an IT solutions provider and value added reseller (VAR) focused on the federal, state, and local governments, today announced the launch of its pilot program with Calhoun County Schools in Alabama. The solution consists of a duress alarm system that helps to prepare and protect all staff, personnel, and first responders in the event of onsite incidents and emergencies, as well as evacuation monitoring. Spearheaded by Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson, the program is part of President Obama's "Now is the Time" plan, which establishes $150 million in grants to reduce gun violence and increase safety in schools across the nation.

"Ensuring the safety of our children and teachers at school is now among our highest priorities," said Sheriff Amerson. "Finding technology solutions to enhance school safety is of critical importance, and we feel that partnering with Affigent is a major step in addressing this issue throughout our county's school system. We're excited to implement these advanced capabilities into our current safety infrastructure in support of our mission to keep our children safe." 

The news arrives on the heels of Affigent announcing new physical security capabilities to augment its security division. The program will draw on key components of Affigent's holistic physical and cybersecurity solution to create a comprehensive alarm and notification system across Calhoun County Schools. The solution will help schools stay up-to-date on all activities and communications to be better prepared and protected during times of emergency. 

Calhoun County Schools will implement a school-wide safety alert system that integrates its existing security technology with a personal alert system to be worn or carried by school staff members at all times. In the event of an emergency, individuals in duress can trigger an instant alarm that enables law enforcement and security personnel to detect their location and monitor through video surveillance equipment in real-time. The tags also initiate instant notification to mobile phones, computers, two-way radios, and other communication devices via the school's directory.

To increase accountability and support investigative efforts, the system tracks and stores activity data for all personnel and can trigger alarms based on intruders, unauthorized removal of property and/or extreme changes in temperature, which could indicate a natural disaster. The solution will deploy across Calhoun County's existing wireless infrastructure to maximize cost-efficiency and ROI.

"Affigent launched its security division with the belief that true security requires controlling physical access, as well as managing and securing data," said Ken Grimsley, President, Affigent. "We are proud to be a part of such an important initiative that strives to keep our kids and community safe. Our system is engineered to provide a repeatable solution and common operating procedure across U.S. public and private schools, so this is just the beginning of what government, industry and communities can accomplish together."

The pilot program in Calhoun County is scheduled to launch at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, and will run through the fall term.

To learn more about Affigent's security solutions, please contact Eric Jacobs, Business Development Executive, via email at eric.jacobs@affigent.com or phone (703) 855-3244.

About Affigent
In a crowded public sector IT market, Affigent stands apart as a full lifecycle solution provider that repeatedly demonstrates the right offerings, technology knowledge and expertise needed by our government customers. Serving the U.S. federal, state, and local governments since 2003, Affigent is an industry-leading small business that provides IT solutions. Our goal is to help our customers achieve the IT productivity and efficiency needed to make their missions a success and bolster their return on their IT investments. True innovation takes the complexity out.

For more information, contact Affigent, LLC at 866.977.8524, via email at info@affigent.com, or on the Web at www.affigent.com

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