October 19, 2015 at 3:37pm
Robert K Coughlin, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council recently announced that the City of Revere has been designated a “BioReady Community”. “[I’m] very impressed by the efforts Mayor Daniel Rizzo and his economic development team have undertaken to promote the city as a prime location for good job and tax generating development - especially biopharma uses” said Coughlin.
The BioReady Community designation by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council signifies that a municipality has biotech and life sciences friendly zoning, has a streamlined permitting process, and has good infrastructure in place. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council use the BioReady designation in marketing efforts aimed at the Biopharma and Life Sciences industries nationally and internationally; the designation serves to showcase Massachusetts communities that are ready to host such new research and manufacturing facilities as these industries seek to locate and develop.
Revere Public Schools First in Suffolk County and One of the First in Massachusetts to Implement COPsync911
October 26, 2015 at 3:34pm
Alert System To Be Available in All of Revere’s Public Schools, Will Help Keep Revere School Children Safe
All Public Schools in the City of Revere, MA will be the first in Suffolk County and one of the first in Massachusetts to implement the COPsync911 alert system. The COPsync911 system is activated by school staff when a threatening situation arises, and allows the staff to send an immediate and silent alert to all other staff, the local law enforcement dispatch center, all patrol cars and on-duty law enforcement officers, even if they are away from their patrol car.
The system has the ability to inform patrol officers and dispatch of a threat much faster than dialing 9-1-1; hence, officers arrive on the scene quickly and equipped with up-to-the-minute situational information about the unfolding emergency. The COPsync911 threat alert system can save minutes, when seconds count.
The system was developed by COPsync, Inc. which operates the nation’s largest law enforcement real-time, in-car information sharing, communication and data interoperability network. Revere’s Mayor, Dan Rizzo spearheaded the city’s efforts and is an advocate of the benefits of the COPsync911 system.
“As Mayor, I have no greater responsibility than keeping our residents safe, and obviously, this means keeping our schools safe as well. Although Revere Public Schools already implement a rigorous set of safety guidelines, I believe COPsync911 will play a critical role in helping us further our efforts at Revere High School, our three middle schools and our five elementary schools. I want to go to bed at night knowing we are doing everything we can do to protect our children” said Mayor Rizzo.
“The COPsync911 system is designed to allow the officers under my command to respond to a range of incidents on Revere Public School property in a considerably faster and more timely fashion than what was possible earlier,” said Revere Chief of Police Joseph Cafarelli. “We stand with Mayor Rizzo in our enthusiasm for COPsync911 and believe it will enhance the quality of police response to school-related emergencies.”
Through the service, officers receive the threat alerts directly to the computers in their patrol cars. They can then immediately access a map to see the location of the school, and view a diagram of the building's interior so no time is wasted determining the exact location of the threat. The school staff, the responding officers and the local dispatcher communicate about the incident as it unfolds via a “Crisis Communications Portal.” Thus, officers are equipped with information that helps them develop an effective tactical response plan.
“The decision by Revere to introduce the COPsync911 system into its public schools is an example of the growing recognition among school systems in the Northeast of the potential benefits it can bring,” said Brandon Flanagan, CEO of Brandon-COPsync.“We believe that other school districts in the region—including those within Boston itself—are likely to find COPsync911 a wise and critical investment.”
About COPsync, Inc.
COPsync, Inc. (COYND) is a technology company that improves real-time communication across law enforcement jurisdictions and helps public safety officials prevent and respond quickly to crime. The COPsync Network gives officers instant access to actionable, mission-critical data and to local, state and federal law enforcement databases. The Network's companion COPsync911 system enables courts, schools, hospitals, government buildings, energy, telecommunications and other potentially at-risk facilities to automatically and silently send threat alerts directly to local law enforcement officers in their patrol cars in the event of crisis, thereby protecting schools, schoolchildren, employees and others. The COPsync Network saves lives, reduces unsolved crimes and assists in apprehending criminals and interdicting criminal behavior -- through such features as a nationwide officer safety alert system, GPS/auto vehicle location and distance-based alerts for crimes in progress, such as school crisis situations, child abductions, bank robberies and police pursuits. The company also sells VidTac(R), an in-vehicle, software-driven video system for law enforcement. For more information, visit www.copsync.com and www.copsync911.com.
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