Utah Company Creates App to Keep Schools Safe

SALT LAKE CITY — A local company run by a retired Utah police officer believe they have a product that makes schools safer in the event of shootings like the one in Texas.

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Justin Chapman served as a Sandy City officer for nearly 3 decades, spending about half that time teaching proper active shooter response.

Chapman is now director of training for AEGIX AIM, which is short for active incident management. The company developed an app that coordinates the location of an incident, particularly school buildings, with local first responders and law-enforcement.

Once the program is purchased, AEGIX maps out the facility and stores it in the app. Then, in the event of a real emergency, a teacher or staff member can immediately relay location and information to first responders, which streamlines the response.

“To give additional information including pictures, chat functions, all that information in real time, and it’s shared across a broad group of people within the school and within the first responder communities so that our responses as first responders can be more specific and certainly more efficient and quicker,” said Chapman.

AEGIX also has additional, hands-on products like collapsible shields which can be used by first responders as well as teachers and staff members a inside particular school.

Right now, AEGIX is working with school officials and law-enforcement in Cache County and hop other schools will soon take part.

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Utah Capitol to Employ New Incident Management System in Time for Session

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KUTV) — Utah’s Capitol complex is about to employ a new incident management system designed to deal with everything from plumbing issues to situations like what happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Utah Highway Patrol Capt. Greg Holley told KUTV 2News the system, which is being purchased from Salt Lake City-based AEGIX Global, comes as the state has looked for a better way for communicating across the entire Capitol complex in various situations.

Chet D. Linton, CEO of AEGIX Global, said the system has been used in schools and will be installed for use in the Capitol building as well as the House and Senate buildings.

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“Our active incident management system is designed to incorporate and provide information and a communication platform for everybody that’s involved in any incident,” Linton said, “whether it’s something as simple as somebody falling, to…an active shooter.”

Linton said people working on the Capitol complex can use their phones or computers to input information about an issue or problem, which goes to first responders. Those first responders can also issue an alert via the system to inform Capitol employees about a problem.

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UHP will operate the system at the Capitol. Holley said it will help in the event of large-scale demonstrations like what happened at the U.S. Capitol last January. But more commonly, he said, it will be useful in situations involving a suspicious person or package – or even a plumbing issue.

The goal, Holley said, is to provide information to as many people as possible to keep them and the building safe. He said the system is expected to be up and running in time for the legislative session, which begins January 18.

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