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Video Cameras Allow First Responders To See Inside Schools

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A local school district is hoping to be the first in the area to allow first responders to see what's happening at a school by using video cameras placed inside.

Emergency preparedness plans are registered with the state so that law enforcers can access them. But new technology now allows school districts to put their safety plans in one place in real time.

Navigate prepared by Lauren Innovations uses a cloud-based system, which allows authorized personnel access to the information instantly.

"It's also accessible with any device that gets you to the Internet so the dispatcher at the call center can access information and feed it to first responders en route. First responders can access it on site," said Ben Feirman, president of Lauren Innovations.

Feirman said first responders can access information about floor plans, evacuation routes, and are also able to patch in to school video cameras to see what is going on inside the building.

Olentangy Local School District is the first in Central Ohio to use the technology.

Superintendent Wade Lucas said that having 23 school buildings and multiple law enforcement agencies as first responders can be complicated.

"Now this kind of takes us up another step and really allows us to share with many of our first responders again what is happening inside those buildings," Lucas said.

Lucas said there are three building with the video cameras that can be accessed by the system. District officials hope to start training with the Delaware County Sheriff's Office in the next few weeks.

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