PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Public and private schools carry the dual responsibility of not only educating the nation's young people, but also keeping them safe throughout the day. Safety Blanket, a new smartphone-based alarm system from Armada International, answers that call with an intuitive, responsive and multi-platform solution. Schools can subscribe to an entire year of Safety Blanket for only $3 per child – less than a penny a day.
The main screen in Safety Blanket consists of five alarm buttons, each representing a different type of emergency – fire, biohazard, intruder, weather and medical. A slider prevents false alarms, as does a prominent cancel button. Activating an alarm discretely alerts administrators and first responders without causing panic within the classroom.
Accounting for every child is the top priority during emergencies, and Safety Blanket makes that job easy with its roster management tool. A color-coded roster list offers immediate visual feedback on who is present, absent or missing. Faster attendance-taking means teachers and aides can shift to other responsibilities, such as comforting frightened children or communicating with peers, parents or administrators. Safety Blanket features a secure texting environment so that users can quickly send updates to other users and administrators within the school.
For those in administration, Safety Blanket provides an interface consisting of an alarm duration counter, master classroom list and lists of both counted and missing children. Administrators can override alarms activated by other users and communicate instantly with any user in the school.
The value of Safety Blanket lies in its capacity to measurably improve response times in emergencies. With accidents and disasters, seconds and minutes matter tremendously. The app helps first responders do their jobs better by giving them total situational awareness before arriving on scene. Constantly updated rosters and text messaging ensures that first responders, teachers in the classrooms and school administrators are all seeing the same information in real time.
Ease of use has been a significant design consideration during the development of Safety Blanket. Clearly, a school safety app should not present any hurdles to its end users. The interface is therefore minimal and streamlined, and no technology expertise is necessary to make the most of the app.
The team at Armada International believes that software development is an ongoing process that doesn't end when a product goes live. While the creation and testing of Safety Blanket has been thorough and rigorous, the company nevertheless encourages continued input from users as part of making the application as effective and effortless as possible, not to mention making the nation's schools safer than ever before.
About Armada International
Armada International is a custom software development company specializing in data-heavy applications for both the mobile and desktop platforms. Learn more at http://armada-ia.com/.
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