PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS 12) — A retired Navy Seal says he has the solution for protecting children in schools. He says the system will immediately notify nearby law enforcement when a killer is on campus.
Palm Beach County father, retired Navy Seal and Former Law Enforcement Officer Hector Delgado says his company ASR Alert Systems is using existing technology to cut out the middleman and notifies first responders immediately when there is a school shooter threat.
“I have served my country, now it’s time to serve my community,” said Delgado.
He says it’s not a matter of if there will be another school shooting, it’s a matter of when.
“Every second counts, every second someone is dying,” said Delgado.
Delgado founded ASR Alert Systems in hopes of protecting his daughter and other children. The system immediately gives law enforcement pin point accuracy of where the school shooter is and it starts with the push of a button in a classroom or hallway that sounds an alarm.
“With that noise, it’s super annoying we want to take the attacker, the shooter out of predator mode, we want to distract him,” said Delgado.
The irritating sound would emanate throughout the school alerting everyone and the alert system instantly sends a text message of location of where the button was pushed to students and teachers.
“So, the teacher can lock the door, she can tell and relay to the children and the students what’s going on,” said Delgado.
Law enforcement officers in the surrounding area also get the text.
“And they can self-dispatch, no waiting for 911 operators to call them,” said Delgado.
Cutting out the middleman saves time. The system also uses motion detected cameras so officers can see what’s going on inside before getting there.
“So, they know before they get there what to look for,” said Delgado.
Delgado says we need to take advantage of technology to have the upper hand against bad guys.
“You can save so many people with just a few seconds,” said Delgado.
The average alert system costs around $13,000. Right now, Delgado says his company is in talks with cities and school districts in South Florida. They have already secured contracts in Washington, D.C.