InformaCast Leverages Cisco Meraki MT Sensors to Enhance Threat Detection at Schools

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Enhancing School Threat Detection

To provide a safe learning environment for their students and staff, schools and districts need to know what’s happening inside their buildings to stay ahead of potential threats. Deploying the Cisco Meraki cloud-managed platform and MT environmental sensors throughout school buildings can provide administrators, facility managers, and safety personnel with the insights they need to be aware of incidents. Now, Meraki MT sensors can integrate with InformaCast to trigger mass notifications and manage incidents when issues arise.

The InformaCast system extends the reach of Meraki MT sensor alerts to all of a school’s connected communication devices. Text, audio, and visual alerts can be sent throughout a school building or to designated groups via desk phones, desktop computers, overhead speakers and paging systems, digital signage, and mobile devices. Depending on the severity of the situation, InformaCast also serves as an incident management tool, enabling schools to gather key stakeholders via tools like Webex to assess situations and coordinate a response.

Watch the video below and continue to reading to learn about common use cases for this integration in schools to detect issues and enhance safety and communication.

Open Doors

A secure school requires locked doors to prevent unwelcome guests from entering. If schools are not monitoring their entrances, they can expose their students and staff to unnecessary risks. Meraki MT door open/close sensors can initiate an InformaCast notification when doors have been left open or are opened outside of normal school hours. Schools can set a schedule for when they want to be alerted about opened doors. Text and audio notifications from InformaCast can be sent to specific groups, such as security or facilities teams, on their desk phones, desktop computers, and/or overhead speakers during school hours, and to mobile devices as SMS text, push notifications, and email during off hours.

The Cisco Meraki MT sensor family

Vape Detection

Air quality MT sensors have the ability to monitor particulate matter, which can be used to detect when students may be vaping on school grounds. InformaCast notifications can be sent to alert school officials who can then intervene.

Requesting Assistance

Meraki MT smart automation buttons can be mounted throughout buildings to request assistance should an issue occur. Teachers and other school staff can press the buttons when they witness a fight in the hallway, a flooded bathroom, or any kind of safety or maintenance issue that may arise. The ability to send instant alerts from easily accessible devices means school officials can respond quickly and resolve incidents efficiently.

InformaCast alerts initiated by Meraki MT sensors

Camera Integrations

Meraki MT sensors can also tie into Cisco Meraki MV smart cameras. When a button is pressed, an InformaCast notification can be sent with a link to a live camera feed. This provides school officials with real-time insights into the situation that is unfolding so they can deploy an appropriate response.

Spreading the Word and Managing Incidents

It’s not enough for schools to simply know that something is wrong. They need to be able to understand the severity of the situation, let the appropriate people know what is happening, coordinate a response, and communicate when an issue has been resolved so normal activities can resume. By integrating Meraki MT sensors with InformaCast, schools and districts can get the initial insights they need, send follow-up messages, gather key stakeholders, and share “all clear” messages. It also offers critical reporting insights so schools can understand what worked in their response, what didn’t, and how they can adjust for the future.

Contact our team to learn more about how integrating InformaCast with Cisco Meraki MT sensors can help schools and districts enhance their threat detection capabilities.