Hoboken, NJ – Volan Technology, the leader in AI-based safety and contact tracing software, today announced the launch of the Volan Positioning System (VPS) in the Wickliffe City School District in Ohio. Wickliffe has installed the VPS technology as a health security program to enhance the district’s COVID-19 safety measures and social distancing protocols. The Volan system offers the most accurate contact tracing solution on the market, with the ability to deliver detailed reports and provide real-time 3D location positioning for thousands of people in a matter of seconds.
“Private contact tracing technology is the most effective way to protect school populations from outbreaks that could otherwise force district-wide closings. Volan Technology is proud to be playing a role in helping schools to reopen safely and responsibly, and to help parents and students feel confident as they navigate this new normal,” said Michael Bettua, Volan Technology CEO.
“Volan Technology’s positioning system provides our schools with a critical tool that will help protect the health and safety of students, staff and teachers while also maintaining personal privacy. If there are confirmed cases in our district, we will know immediately which members of our school community had the most exposure to the infected people. This gives us the ability to contact those most at risk while also informing students, parents and faculty how much exposure each person has had. We are pleased to be partnering with Volan as we utilize cutting edge technologies to reopen our schools,” said Joseph Spiccia, Superintendent of the Wickliffe City School District.
Maintaining student privacy is of utmost importance and Volan’s technology was designed with precisely that in mind. As a member of the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), Volan consulted with top privacy experts to ensure every protection was in place. The Volan Bluetooth mesh network relies on wearable fobs and beacons positioned throughout a school building or campus. There’s no GPS app on users’ phones, so as soon as they leave campus, location positioning is deactivated. Random ID numbers are assigned through an encrypted IOS app to which only administrators have access. All passwords and personal information are managed by the school which means Volan does not collect individual data or have any access to student or employee’s personal information.
“Volan’s entrance into the education technology space with their unique positioning system is not only timely but critical in every school today. This technology will be used almost every minute of every day and benefit staff, administrators, first responders, parents and ultimately learners by enabling safe, secure, on task learning – all critical need areas today,” said Dr. Larry Fruth II, A4L and Student Data Privacy Consortium Executive Director and CEO.
How it Works: Contact Tracing & Emergency Response
The Volan Position System (VPS) creates a private Bluetooth mesh network that reports individual location within a building or campus down to a room level. The system is the only private location positioning and geofencing option available that provides both COVID tracing and emergency response capabilities. Working off a private Bluetooth network, VPS does not have the security vulnerabilities as app-based products, which rely on GPS and WiFi. If there is a fire, intruder, fight or medical emergency, a staff member can press a button on their fob and school authorities will know precisely where the incident occurred and the nature of the emergency.
Likewise, when a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19, this wearable, encrypted technology allows school leaders to identify – within seconds – everyone that person has been in close contact with on campus over the past 30 days. The Volan software ranks members of the school community who are at the highest risk of infection based on direct and indirect exposure and on the duration and frequency of proximity to the infected individual that exceeds the CDC’s latest guidelines for determining “close contact.”
Bluetooth Mesh Network
Volan’s patented mesh technology is based on the Bluetooth 5 Low Energy wireless standard and provides pervasive, inexpensive wireless security coverage on the largest possible sites with zero dependency on cellular, GPS, or the internet. Volan’s sensors detect the exact location of each individual using geofencing and enables both horizontal and vertical location positioning (HVP) of people wherever they are onsite, with no signal loss. This enables private contact tracing of both live and historical room exposure and the ability to automatically send risk alerts and a prioritized list of those exposed. With micro-geofencing, Volan can automate social distancing enforcement and management of protected zones, detect unsafe distances or groupings of individuals in real-time, and send violation alerts.
To learn more about Volan Technology and its advanced capabilities for hospitality, school and corporate safety, please visit volantechnology.com.
Volan Technology offers immediate and precise virus prevention and crisis response via its patent-pending AI technology with zero dependency on cell, GPS or Wi-Fi. Founded by a team of veteran software innovators, the company’s Volan Positioning System™ (VPS) enables comprehensive contact tracing, social distance automation, temperature tracking and panic button functioning with the use of real-time 3D location positioning, live maps, sensors and immediate communication capabilities.
About the Student Data Privacy Consortium
The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a Special Interest Group of the Access 4 Learning Community, is designed to address the day-to-day, real-world multifaceted issues that schools, states, territories and vendors face when protecting learner information. SDPC’s develops common activities, artifacts, templates, tools and effective practices that can be leveraged through a unique, non-profit collaboration composed of over 3,000 schools, districts, local authorities, states, US and International Ministries of Education, software vendors and consultants who collectively address all aspects of student data privacy.
October 7, 2020 | Press Release