1. Apple is letting this app override devices on silent in emergencies
4/4/2019 9:23:41 AM
Apple is letting this app override devices on silent in emergencies
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Apple is letting this app override devices on silent in emergencies

Brittany Hainzinger Brittany Hainzinger in Apps Thursday, April 4, 2019

Apple Inc. grants permission to Hedge Tactical Solutions to override devices on silent mode during emergencies.

Hedge Tactical Solutions, a real-time emergency response technology, has reached an agreement with Apple Inc. to override the silent setting for its customers who have Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad. Just as all Apple devices emit a loud audible tone during specific events like an amber alert, all Hedge Tactical Solutions customers using Apple products will be alerted to an active shooter situation by a distinct audio alert.

“This is a huge step forward in the development of our mobile app technology,” Kevin Grundstrom, founder and CEO of Hedge Tactical Solutions, said. “We know our technology will save lives in the event of an active shooter situation. Now, being able to alert even people whose iPhones are set to silent mode will enable us to notify more occupants of a facility and save even more lives.”

The Hedge Tactical Solutions mobile app shows building occupants the floorplan of the facility, shows and tracks the shooter’s movement in real-time and shares this information with law enforcement responding to the scene. In addition, a mass notification feature lets all occupants in the building know when the situation is over, when it’s safe to come out and where to meet for reunification.

“We may never be able to eliminate active shooter events altogether, but with our technology and this agreement with Apple, we can reduce the bloodshed and save lives,” Grundstrom said.

Hedge Tactical Solutions real-time emergency response technology is being implemented by school districts, houses of worship, warehouses and even an NFL franchise. The ability to override the silent setting on Apple products is set to go live in the next three months.