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Raptor Visitor Management system from Raptor Technologies

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The Raptor ID scanner and badge printer on Kimberly Wright’s desk

The Raptor ID scanner and badge printer on Kimberly Wright’s desk

Arianna Stevens

Arianna Stevens

The Raptor ID scanner and badge printer on Kimberly Wright’s desk

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Raptor is not a actually a bird of prey or a toaster. It’s Triton new, $7,500, ID system that was implemented this year in all of the schools in the district. This new system is designed to keep the students and teachers more safe at Triton, but was it necessary? Did we need this new system and how does it work?

As of the 2018-2019 school year Triton Regional School District has implemented a new security system. Raptor Visitor Management System system is made and produced by Raptor technologies. According to Raptor Technologies’ website they started in 2002 with the goal to build the first web based visitor management system to keep children safer. Their system is made for both elementary and high schools, kindergarten to twelfth grade. “Since its inception, Raptor has identified and alerted officials to more than 50,000 sex offenders attempting to enter our clients’ schools and issued over 250,000 custody alerts. The Raptor system has also been credited with the arrests of numerous absconded sex offenders that have crossed state lines.” states Raptor Technologies’ web-page.
“We funded this. It cost 7,500 dollars and it was something we put into last year’s budget as a way to get a better handle on who’s in our schools” says Brian Forget, the superintendent. The new ID system is costly but it’s far more effective. The old system was just a colored sticker that was filled out but someone in the office. Raptor keeps a digital record of who’s been in the building according to Kimberly Wright.
The Superintendent of the Triton school district, Brian Forget describes how the system works. First the visitor put their ID in the toaster looking and it scans the ID. The toaster looking scanner take the information from the ID and puts it in the system. Then the secretary will put in the visitor’s destination into the system. A badge is then printed with the visitor’s name, photo, and destination. Raptor also runs a sex offender registry every time.
The new system new system also takes longer than the old system. The new system takes a bit longer and it’s inconvenient right now because the visitor has to have there ID on them when they are visiting for the first time and the process of logging into the system takes some time. Once the ID is scanned the information will always be in the system, According to Forget. Meaning if someone comes to visit again the secretary will look up there name and their information will come up, then the secretary will put in there destination and print their badge. It’s will take longer now as people first login but after it take roughly as long as the old system.
Raptor may be costly and take longer but it worth it. Raptor Visitor management system is here to stay. Kathryn Dawe states “do think that it’s it’s valuable and people will find that it does give that at a level of security that’s going to help us make sure that everybody is safe.”

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