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Houston company forms strategic alliance to enhance tech-enabled school security

School security emergency notification systems just got an upgrade. Photo via Getty Images

Students are back to school, and parents are back to worrying about their children's safety. Two companies have teamed up to enhance on-campus safety technology.

Houston-based Raptor Technologies, a school safety software provider, and Baltimore-based Alertus Technologies, provider of emergency mass notification solutions, announced earlier this month they will team up with their respective technologies to integrate enhance safety and security offerings in K-12 schools and districts.

The partnership, according to a news release, takes Alertus’ notification solutions and combines it with Raptor’s emergency management and reunification tools. Alertus’ tech includes Alertus Desktop, IP Text-to-Speech Interface for PA systems, and a range of hardwired and pocket-sized activation devices. With the integration, K-12 schools utilizing Raptor Technologies can automatically send emergency notifications to all alerting modalities unified by the Alertus Mass Notification System on Raptor Connect.

“School districts across the country are recognizing the value of being able to quickly initiate an alert and notify staff and teachers in the event of a school emergency,” says Chris Noell, chief product officer of Raptor Technologies, in the release. “By integrating with Alertus, we’re expanding the ways users can rapidly access Raptor Alert to trigger an alert and increasing the ways a campus can be notified of an emergency.”

Several states, including Texas, Florida, New Jersey and New York, have emphasized funding or mandates to make mobile panic alerts available to schools.

“Every second counts in an emergency and our top priority is ensuring that schools have every possible way to get urgent, life-saving information to their students, teachers and staff – both during and after a critical event,” says Patrick Dennin, director of education at Alertus, in the release. “Our integration with Raptor enables schools to alert, respond, and recover more effectively by reducing response times, reinforcing stakeholder responsibilities and mitigating risk to their communities.”

Over 7,500 schools nationwide are on Raptor's alert platform. Founded in 2002 and with over 100 employees at the company, Raptor Technologies received private equity funding and made a strategic international acquisition last year, InnovationMap reported.

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Update: The deadline for nominations have been extended to midnight on Sunday, October 2.

InnovationMap is back to honor local startups and innovators — and this time, we've upped the ante.

Houston Exponential and InnovationMap have teamed up to combine their annual awards and event efforts to premiere a brand new program. The Houston Innovation Awards Gala on Wednesday, November 9, at The Ion will be a comprehensive event honoring Houston founders, innovators, investors, and more. InnovationMap and HX, which was acquired earlier this year, are in the same network of ownership.

Nominations are open online until midnight October 2, and nominees will have until October 11 to complete an additional application that will be emailed to nominees directly. A group of industry experts and Houston innovation leaders will review those submissions and determine finalists and winners across 11 categories. The categories for this year's awards are:

  • BIPOC-Owned Business honoring an innovative company founded or co-founded by BIPOC representation
  • Female-Owned Business honoring an innovative company founded or co-founded by a woman
  • Hardtech Business honoring an innovative company developing and commercializing a physical technology across life science, energy, space, and beyond
  • B2B Software Business honoring an innovative company developing and programming a digital solution to impact the business sector
  • Green Impact Business honoring an innovative company providing a solution within renewables, climatetech, clean energy, alternative materials, and beyond
  • Smart City Business honoring an innovative company providing a tech solution within transportation, infrastructure, data, and beyond
  • New to Hou honoring an innovative company, accelerator, or investor that has relocated its primary operations to Houston within the past three years
  • DEI Champion honoring an individual who is leading impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and progress within Houston and their organization
  • Investor of the Year honoring an individual who is leading venture capital or angel investing
  • Mentor of the Year honoring an individual who dedicates their time and expertise to guide and support to budding entrepreneurs
  • People's Choice: Startup of the Year selected via an interactive voting portal during of the event
Nominees can be submitted to multiple categories.

Additionally, the awards gala will honor an innovator who's made a lasting impact on the Houston innovation community. While you may nominate an individual for the Trailblazer Award via the online form, the judging committee will not require applications or nominations for this category and will be considering potential honorees from the ecosystem at large. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to cbuckner@houstonexponential.org.

Last year, InnovationMap introduced its awards program and named 28 finalists and honored the nine winners on September 8. Click here to see more from last year's event.

Tickets for the November 9 event are available online. Early bird tickets will be $60 per person and startup founders will be able to attend for $25.

Click here to submit a nomination or see form below.


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