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Who should be able to order a lockdown?


The new school year has started and across the country, educators, public safety personnel and parents are reflecting on ways to better ensure the safety of the nation’s children.

Do teachers need to become a new type of First Responder?


Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day and I’d like to thank personally all of the teachers who will make a difference in students’ lives today…and on the other 364 days of the year. I’d also like to step back and take a look at the role teachers are being asked to play in light of recent events.

Guest Blog: Will Acts of Terrorism Ever Stop? Can Your Smart Phone Help?

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We are pleased to welcome our guest blogger, educator Rick Ackerly of 

Will acts of terrorism ever stop? A question born of wishful thinking, I’m afraid. Even though our world is actually becoming safer, hornets nests of anger and frustration will still erupt into violence from time to time. With 7 billion people struggling to keep their heads above water in a rising tide of change, what are the odds that there will be outbreaks of rage? A mathematical certainty.

No Gunman Found at University of Rhode Island - But What If?

In what is becoming too commonplace an occurrence, we've again been forced to consider the unthinkable by a report of a gunman on a campus. Based on the report, the campus went in to immediate lockdown while police began a methodical search for the potential shooter. Thankfully, today's incident at the University of Rhode Island turned out to be a false alarm, but it begs the question, are we doing enough to protect students and staff?

We at DefenCall are acutely aware of the need for improved communication and preparedness in a potential deadly situation like a gunman on campus. We have recently published a white paper that looks at how inbound emergency alerting can provide vital help in an incident like this. The white paper shows how smartphone technology can offer a number of potentially life-saving tools from allowing students and staff to "call for help" while transmitting their precise GPS location, to providing approved procedures for students to follow to increase their personal safety.

To explore more on the topic of inbound emergency alerting, please feel free to download our new "Guide to Inbound Emergency Alerting for Colleges & Universities" white paper. This white paper explains what inbound emergency alerting is, how it works and why you should consider it as part of your school safety toolbox.  

Sandy Hook Advisory Committee releases interim report


The interim report to Connecticut Governor Malloy is out and filled with observations and recommendations. We invite your reactions. Read the whole report here.

Comments on Sandy Hook Tragedy


December 14, 2012.  Norwalk, CT.
As we sort through the facts and circumstances surrounding today’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we have been asked if DefenCall could have helped.  Yes and No, is the answer.

While there is limited practical defense against a deranged person doing something unspeakable, DefenCall would, in this instance, have been helpful for parents, teachers, students and the community in notifying authorities, coordinating information on injuries and survivors, and providing action steps to those on the scene.


UC Berkeley launches StaySafe, DefenCall – customized for them


March 18, 2012 – Defentect Group, Inc. (OTCBB: DFTC), a developer and provider of immediate response and intelligent messaging software solutions, announced today that Campus StaySafe™, the Company’s proprietary safety and security SmartPhone application, is now available to the students, faculty and staff of the University of California at Berkeley.  Sponsored by the Associated Students of University of California (ASUC) and using security insights from Defentect’s partner MayDay360, the application is the first of its kind in the industry.


DefenCall customer Mayday360 on CBS TV


NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Last weekend, the U.S. State Department issued a terror warning for anyone traveling to Europe. At this point, nothing has happened, but it raises the question: what should you do if you find your self in harm’s way, while over seas?


It’s Time For Personal ‘OnStar’-Like Security


Here’s a guy who gets it.
[This is an edited version of Rob Enderle's blog, the entirety of which is linked above.]

I recently saw a story about a young child who, upon being confronted by armed robbers in his home, had the presence of mind to lock himself in a bathroom with his younger sister and call 911. Doing so likely saved the lives of everyone in the house. Because this outcome is unusual, I think it’s time we looked at personal security more closely.


Natalee Holloway’s mother goes to prison where van der Sloot is held


(CNN) — The mother of missing American teen Natalee Holloway is in Peru with a Dutch documentary maker — and made a trip to the prison where the man suspected in Holloway’s disappearance sits, her lawyer said Friday.

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