BluePoint: Because Response Time Matters

Frequently Asked Questions

As with your fire alarm system, the patented BluePoint Alert system does require a yearly inspection to make sure the system is operating properly and available in an emergency. Because the BluePoint Alert system will likely have many fewer components than a typical fire alarm system, the cost of this yearly inspection is anticipated to be significantly less than the typical fire alarm inspection cost. In addition, because the initial signal is typically routed to a monitoring company which then contacts the local police dispatch as well as key facility leaders, there is a monthly monitoring company cost. This cost is likely to be similar to the cost of the monitoring service for the fire alarm. As a part of our consulting services, we will engage with the local police force to review the system and discuss this monitoring and reporting structure. In general, your BluePoint Alert system should cost less to maintain than your current fire alarm system.
First, using a cell phone does nothing to alert other building occupants to potential danger. The faster building occupants can take preventative or defensive measures, the more likely a threat can be minimized. Also, in a panic situation, people do not react or think as rationally as in a non-panic situation. Having to dial even three numbers and provide coherent information that can be understood by the emergency dispatch attendant takes precious seconds before first responders are dispatched the site. Additionally, a flood of calls into a 9-1-1 center can overwhelm the attendants and potentially provide confusing information that may delay the dispatch of the police. With BluePoint, once a device is initiated, the police are dispatched to the site and, simultaneously, building occupants are notified. After occupants are in a safe place, they can then use their cell phones to provide additional information to the first responders through the 9-1-1 center.
The fire alarm system will dispatch the Fire Department and sound an alert signifying to occupants that they need to exit the building. The patented BluePoint Alert system is designed for police emergencies (active shooter, child abduction, etc.) which require a different response and different first responders. Once initiated, the police are dispatched to the site and a pre-recorded message is announced throughout the building. For example, "sheltering-in-place" may be a better response to a police emergency as opposed to exiting the building. BluePoint is a completely separate system from the fire alarm system for situations requiring police as the first responders and building occupants to respond differently.
Although you need to seek the advice of your corporate counsel, because a patented BluePoint Alert system is technology based and proprietary, several school districts believe that it does fit within the guidelines of Tort fund use.
Although we will tailor an installation sequence to meet the building's needs, the BluePoint Alert system can be installed in occupied buildings with little disruption to ongoing operations. Most of the work will take place in corridors and more public spaces. The work needing to occur in occupied rooms, such as classrooms, is typically very short in duration and will be coordinated to take place when the room is available.
Because the size of the building directly affects the size of the patented BluePoint Alert system and the duration of the installation, there is no one answer for all buildings. In general, the installation duration for most buildings will be one to two weeks.
Although the primary communication to building occupants will take place through a pre-recorded message over the PA system, the patented BluePoint Alert system does include a visual warning component available for many situations. For instance, in areas where there is a normally high sound level, such as band rooms, gymnasiums, or pool areas, BluePoint will include blue strobe lights as a warning in addition to the PA system message. In addition, our system includes exterior strobe lights at all building entrances to warn people entering or just outside the building that there is an emergency event unfolding.
Depending on the state, there are periodically grant funds available for safety and security improvements. Good places to check for potential grant funds are your state's Board of Education and Emergency Management Agency. Because of our work in the business, we often hear of grant opportunities. Please contact us to see what might be available to you. We would be glad to provide pricing and any other information to support the submittal of a grant application.
No. BluePoint is not a mass notification system. This is a focused notification system. The patented BluePoint Alert system focuses on automatically notifying a monitoring company which then contacts police dispatch (identical to a fire alarm system notification protocol) and simultaneously sending a pre-recorded message to building occupants over the public address (PA) system. The monitoring company then initiates calling a list of owner-designated individuals to alert them to the threat and to gather additional information for the first responders. Although automatic integration with a mass notification system is technically achievable, for nearly all emergency situations, it is likely better to require a leader who is familiar with the developing situation to initiate any mass notification announcements at the appropriate time and tailor the message to the situation.
Great! Our patented system is focused on rapidly alerting both building occupants and police to a serious threat. BluePoint does not dictate or modify existing emergency response protocols-it provides for rapidly initiating those protocols throughout a building. Therefore, even as protocols change over time, BluePoint remains a valuable asset to rapidly initiate those protocols.
As with a fire alarm system, there is the potential for false alarms. We can provide covers at the owner's request that will help eliminate the accidental activation of the devices. Each building should expect that they may have as many false alarms with their BluePoint Alert system as they do with their current fire alarm system.
Because every building is different in size, layout and needs, there is not a single cost that will apply to each building. We have intentionally worked at keeping the cost of our patented BluePoint Alert system affordable by using existing technologies and interfacing with existing building systems; we do not want price to be a barrier for installing a system that has the potential to both discourage intruder threats and save lives by quickly reducing risk. Our consulting services will allow us to tailor the system design to meet your needs and effectively interface with your emergency response plan. Based on the information gathered, we will provide a quote for the system. Please contact us to set up a time when we can review your facility and needs.
The patented BluePoint Alert system automatically contacts police and alerts building occupants to a threat within the building with minimal human intervention. It is a system that is available to anyone in the building to activate and does not dictate building response protocol - just initiates it. Thirdly, BluePoint provides initial location of threat information to first responders and to building administration. And, lastly, as with a security alarm system, by making known that your facility has a BluePoint Alert system, intruders will be deterred from even initiating a threat within the building.
To decrease response time of first responders and allow building occupants to take precautionary measures in an emergency situation. Both of these steps are likely to reduce risk and shorten the duration of a threat. The BluePoint Alert Solution is founded on three simple facts: 1. The faster first responders are on site, the faster an emergency situation ends. 2. The faster people take precautions, the faster they are safe. 3. Panicked people don't think clearly or react rationally. The patented BluePoint Alert system provides a series of simple initiation devices similar to fire alarm pull stations that are strategically placed throughout a facility for anyone to initiate. These devices take no training and little thought to use. Additionally, mobile devices can be given to strategic building occupants. Once any device is activated, the emergency dispatch center is notified and dispatches police to the facility. Simultaneously, a pre-recorded message is broadcast through the public address system to warn building occupants of the threat. Rapid response starts with rapid alert.
Yes. Individuals can be placed in an unlimited number of groups.
Yes. Our solution does offer that feature, but as this is emergency communication, we recommend that be used sparingly and wisely.
No. Users can pre-define an unlimited number of emergency incidents.
Command & Control can integrate with all camera systems, as long as they are IP addressable.
We can integrate to third party gunshot detection systems to make them more effective and integrated to a complete solution.
No. Our system is completely independent of your IT systems and resides at a UL listed central station with complete internal and geographical redundancies - a true life-safety approach to communication.