September 13, 2006

Nordicom Safe Schools Technology Proposal

Nordicom and research partners propose to investigate whether the deployment of a cost-effective, miniaturized, personal duress system in conjunction with a larger integrated suite of security technologies* can demonstrably improve school safety. This research project will have implications for school management policy at the level of personnel safety and training, management of the learning environment, and safe building requirements.

Nordicom Safe Schools Technology Proposal

NIJ-2006--1216 School Safety Technologies

Program Narrative
Abstract
Nordicom and research partners propose to investigate whether the deployment of a cost-effective, miniaturized, personal duress system in conjunction with a larger integrated suite of security technologies* can demonstrably improve school safety. This research project will have implications for school management policy at the level of personnel safety and training, management of the learning environment, and safe building requirements.

Nordicom’s SecurAlert Generation II system offers a combination ultrasonic (US) and radio frequency (RF) functionality that is ideally suited for indoor and outdoor school environments. The ultrasonic technology has proven effective in psychiatric hospitals and youth detention facilities in Canada, and the added RF technologies and computer based management systems will demonstrably enhance this technology performance and management.

The research proposed will explore whether a personal duress alarm system using a combination of ultrasonic and radio frequency technologies can:
»  Measurably improve safety of schools by improving the ability to schools to respond effectively to dangerous incidence of violence or threats of violence;
»  Lessen lower-grade disruptive behaviors that, if unchecked, often escalate into violent episodes, and can lead to tensions that bring about delayed retributive violence;
»  Measurably improve school learning environments by introducing early, and subtle interventions in classroom settings leading to a more stable learning environment while increasing student and instructor sense of wellbeing.
Nordicom and partners propose to install and evaluate the SecurAlert US/RF system in a school as part of a broader suite of technology envisioned by NIJ and in an environment, the physical characteristics of which will be specified by NIJ.* The proposed research will quantify technical performance in terms of ease of installation and management, performance characteristics under daily use, ease of use by individuals, coverage capacity, and other technical installation and management details. Since we do not know the topology of the test school, this proposal discusses three architectural “types” of the most typical school buildings in order to create a scalable budget and deployment model to accommodate the scope and budget for the actual project. Since this is a test environment, we are proposing to install a system that offers slightly higher sensor saturation than a typical school would require.

In addition Nordicom and partners will carry out assessment of changes in the learning environment due to presence and use of the system. Users will provide (1) real-time recording of any and all aggressive behaviors, (2) daily summaries of a continuum of specific and increasingly more severe aggressive behaviors, and (3) weekly ratings of subjective sense of safety. As well, students will provide weekly ratings of subjective sense of safety.

The policy implications of findings will be analyzed and disseminated in whitepapers and conference presentations and static and active web-based formats.

Purpose, Goals and Objectives
The research proposed will explore whether a personal duress alarm system using a combination of ultrasonic and radio frequency technologies can:
  • Measurably improve safety of schools by improving the ability to schools to respond effectively to dangerous incidence of violence or threats of violence;
  • Lessen lower-grade disruptive behaviors that, if unchecked, often escalate into violent episodes, and can lead to tensions that bring about delayed retributive violence;
  • Measurably improve school learning environments by introducing early, and subtle interventions in classroom settings leading to a more stable learning environment while increasing student and instructor sense of wellbeing.
  • Specific goals of the research to be undertaken include an:
  • Assessment of SecurAlert US/RF’s effectiveness to alert, pinpoint and classify the location and severity of distress calls in a variety of school and classroom environments with particular attention to how it will support the broader suite of technologies as described in NIJ-1139-FY 2006 School Safety Funding, Sec. 1 Integrated Physical Security Systems.
  • Determination of the technical suitability of the SecurAlert US/RF system to various school and classroom environments.
  • Assessment of the technical ease and cost-effectiveness of SecurAlert US/RF’s installation and maintenance
  • Demonstration of the system’s cost-effectiveness as implemented and deployed among teachers and school staff.
  • Assessment of the SecurAlert US/RF system’s functionality as to introduce subtle interventions to decrease school misbehavior as a means to reducing the likelihood of violent episodes.
  • Assessment of the learning environment enhancement of the presence of the technology as perceive by users.
  • Discussion of the policy and practice implications of the technology.


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