“It’s been exceptional for the kids because they were all hyped and ready to go in New York City. But now for this to reach this level of attention they are even more motivated and thrilled,” he said.
The students designed a school safety system to provide early warning for a range of emergencies to first responders and school administrators — including gunshot location detection.
“We’re hoping the product will be picked up and we can form a company,” Ross senior and team member Jacob Halm previously told the Journal-News.
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But the main motivation is to keep schools safer from violent threats.
Halm is joined by Kody Bryant, Tyler West and Grant Ridge as creators of the phone app they dubbed the “Violence Protection System” or “VPS.”
The computer app will alert authorized users to a number of threats to student safety.
It interfaces with gunfire detection software to pinpoint the location of an incident on a school map and send alerts to first responders and school officials. It can also interface with metal detectors to provide alerts when sensors are activated.
The security phone app is a faster, more modern safety option than current security alert systems used by many schools when it comes to violent threats or dangerous weather situations, O’Neill said.
The 16-year veteran teacher at Ross High School said the app could become a business for the teens.
He described it as a “viable commercial product (and) when it is complete and ready to market could easily be a multi-million dollar product.”
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