Every purchase gives purpose with DIR-S.
We are extremely excited to be rolling out our school sponsorship program.
Now any time a business purchases DIR-S for their organization, we donate DIR-S to a local school of their choice at no extra cost.
We are excited about the ways in which this will open up DIR-S to schools who might not have been able to afford it on their allotted district budgets alone.
For more information regarding the DIR-S School Sponsorship Program, feel free to reach out!
This past week, two of the DIR-S team members went to the UFOMA Conference in St. George, Utah!
DIR-S is being consistently found more and more uses in locations outside of just k12 school settings. As was covered last week, DIR-S lends itself very well in a commercial business setting.
We are very proud of the advancements that have been made with DIR-S to ensure that it is consistently improving, adding value, and keeping people and organizations safe.
If you have any questions regarding how DIR-S can tie into your organization to help keep your people safe, feel free to reach out!
DIR-S (duress) Connects Employees, Management and Security Teams, First Responders and Police. DIR-S is used for all types of emergencies. DIR-S utilizes a robust instant messaging and alert platform combined with a sophisticated interactive mapping system.
Can you guess what is the second most popular location for DIR-S to be used in after k12 schools?
It is in commercial businesses! For example, we recently set up the military acquisition company, Kihomac, with DIR-S. Companies like Kihomac with multiple floors, office areas, warehouses, and other sections in the facility need to be in clear and quick communication in the event of any kind of emergency situation.
Especially in facilities with large warehouses and employees at work stations all throughout the facility, screens between employee phones and screens up on the walls can all receive DIR-S alerts all throughout the day.
A few weeks ago, we filmed a fire drill with Kihomac, which we will be releasing the video footage of in the coming weeks as it is edited and released.
Make sure and keep an eye out for that on all of our social platforms and website!
Can you believe that DIR-S can be used in hospitals just as well as it can in schools or businesses?
Most hospitals consist of multiple floors, sections, departments, wings, and endless other areas. In an emergency situation, you need to be able to connect users all over the hospital compound and keep them informed regarding alert updates and unsafe areas. DIR-S meets this need perfectly.
With the interactive mapping solution in DIR-S and the enhanced chat platform, situational awareness is increased drastically in any type of emergency. Not only that, but response and mitigation time is drastically decreased because of the effective communication provided by DIR-S.
Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!
How does an app that was originally designed for k12 school emergencies add value in a city/county office setting? It’s simple, DIR-S is robust and adaptable enough to boost security and situational awareness in any type of organization.
Over the past year, DIR-S has seen a spike in interest coming from government offices. This is because, in the event of an emergency, city/county offices are generally comprised of multiple buildings with multiple floors. Each of these buildings will have a large number of offices with people working in them, all of whom need to be notified and updated in real-time in the event of an emergency on the premises.
DIR-S is the solution government office facilities have been looking for. With DIR-S, you can pinpoint the origin point of the emergency, instantly update all site users, managers, and responders, and resolve emergency situations much faster than has been feasible before now.
To learn more about how DIR-S can add value to your organization, no matter the type, feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation!
It doesn’t take long on a scroll through a news feed to find some kind of headline regarding an emergency situation that occurred on a college campus. ‘
With the regular need for quick and effective communication methods to increase situational awareness across vast college campuses, DIR-S is more than up to the challenge. Since the added benefits and features brought about in the past year to DIR-S, we have seen an increased interest in DIR-S on large campuses.
The interactive mapping brought about by DIR-S allows administrators, responders, and base users to instantly pinpoint the origin of the DIR-S alert benign sent out.
In any type of emergency situation, time is of the essence. The time saved by using DIR-S in emergency situations drastically impacts the outcomes of all types of emergency scenarios.
What has been going on with DIR-S this week?
Well let me tell you, exciting things are happening! With the latest updates, DIR-S is more prepared than ever to help secure a wider range of organizations than ever before.
The benefits of DIR-S like quick communication, interactive maps, quick accountability, increased situational awareness, and a generally robust and adaptable emergency communication tool are needed in more situations than just schools.
For more information regarding how DIR-S can add value to your organization, feel free to reach out.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why shouldn’t schools, government buildings, and industrial facilities all have the same alert types?
The answer to this question is obvious, right? Every different type of organization is going to have different types of situations they are most likely to be faced with. A business building is not as likely to have a fight break out in the cafeteria as a school is, and schools are not as likely to be faced with a hazardous chemical spill as many types of businesses are.
From the beginning, DIR-S has been focused on benign as robust and adaptable as possible so that no matter the situation it is faced with, DIR-S is ready. In the attached video, you can see how easy it is to update your facility’s alert types.
Along with the alert type, you can set custom alert guidances so that there is relevant guidance information available for your users pertaining to the specific alert type.
Missing student HALL CHECK alert. (Names changed for privacy)
11:07 a.m. HALL CHECK alert initiated by school principal Jan Levinson
11:07 a.m. (Dispatch): Is this a drill?
11:07 a.m. (Principal): Missing student somewhere inside the school, Andrew Bernard. Not a drill, but will not be needing police at this point.
11:08 a.m. (Dispatch): Dispatch copies.
11:08 a.m. He was not in reading group this morning, and his teachers have not been able to locate him.
Shortly after this, school officials were able to locate the missing student. Even though there was not a need for police in this incident having dispatch instantly in the loop when the incident began was incredibly valuable in the event that the situation escalated to the point that police were needed. DIR-S provided the communication channels necessary to keep both police and teachers in the loop without causing any kind of commotion in the school or surrounding area.
Do you know how to make SURE you will receive your DIR-S notifications?
As you know, DIR-S alerts on mobile devices come through as regular notifications.
Please make sure DIR-S notifications are set to ALLOWED (see screenshots for optimal notification settings) Push Notifications are a primary step to ensure you are receiving notifications on DIR-S.
Mac and Windows desktop applications will still be the primary source of notifications. This is because desktop applications can override your screen, sounding an alert. Mobile devices are a secondary source for notifications because phones are not as consistent with connectivity as desktops and cannot override the screen and sound settings.
We have been working tirelessly to make DIR-S as robust and reliable as possible for both minor day-to-day and larger more crucial incidents.
Think back to your school years for a moment. Any time there was a drill, how long did it take to get everyone accounted for and back into the regular operations in the school? For most drills, the average run-through time is about 30-60 minutes. Even for just a drill, this is an exceptionally long amount of time making sure that everyone in the school is safe and accounted for.
Traditionally, most schools use some form of signaling as administrators have to check on each teacher. This might involve holding up a certain collared paper in your evacuation location, sliding a paper under your locked door in a lockdown, or any number of other somewhat tedious practices.
This is where DIR-S comes into play. In schools that use DIR-S, reaction times are cut down drastically. The process of responding to both drill and live situations is expedited immensely because users are able to relate more information in a matter of seconds than has heretofore been possible with the traditional methods of emergency communication in schools.
Take a look back at some of our previous blog posts to see countless case studies showing exactly how DIR-S is able to do this.
How important are thorough communication methods in or out of emergency situations?
Obviously, the answer is that they are extremely important.
Strictly speaking of common communication methods we might find in schools there will be:
For emergency measures you might find:
All of these things listed above are absolutely fantastic, but how do you tie them all together?
The answer is DIR-S.
DIR-S allows schools and other organizations to connect base users, administrators, and responders no matter what kind of situation you might be facing.
They are then able to combine their emergency systems and protocols with a groundbreaking communication platform. This allows organizations to deal with emergency situations faster than ever before.
How does v.5 make DIR-S even more prepared than ever before to help your organization protect itself from the pandemic?
You no longer have to have an active alert going in DIR-S to use DIR-S!
The most important thing when it comes to protecting your school from COVID is having quick and effective communication for all users.
DIR-S has always been great at that, but now that you can access the newly expanded chat platform this is even more possible.
This has already proven itself useful in schools where students come to school and either receive a positive test while there or are showing symptoms. Teachers and administrators are able to discreetly communicate over DIR-S and take the appropriate next steps depending on the situation.
Read the following case study to see how DIR-S was used recently to keep students and faculty safe and organized in a bomb threat situation.
(Names and locations changed for privacy.)
SOFT LOCKDOWN alert initiated at 12:27 PM by Site Administrator, Margaret Houlihan. Location: Middle School - 2nd Floor - 23 History
Margaret Houlihan 12:28: Stay in your rooms. Keep kids in your room and close your door. They can leace once their parent is here to pick them up. Bomb threat at the high school. Kids only need to know they are going home for safety reasons.
Henry Blake (responder) 1:00: It is confirmed, the bomb threat was a false alarm. Continue as usual.
Margaret Houlihan 1:03: Teachers, all students who have already been taken home are excused for the day.
Parents were able to come to the school and get their kids while the police took care of the situation at the high school. Thankfully, it turned out to be a false alarm.
Thanks to the quick communication provided by DIR-S, both teachers, administrators, and responders were able to keep order in the schools envolved and avoid the panic that often comes with a bomb scare.
No matter the situation, DIR-S brings together teachers, administrators, and responders more efficiently than any other emergency communication platform.
Time and time again, schools are able to respond to any type of emergency situation using DIR-S than has ever previously been possible for them.
Read the following case study to see how DIR-S was used to keep everyone safe in a potential weapons threat.
(Names and Locations Changed for Privacy)
LOCKOUT alert initiated at 8:32 a.m. by Responder Chris Trager.
8:33 a.m. (District Administrator): This is not a drill; I will keep you all informed here on DIR-S as I can.
8:35 a.m. (Responder): Report of a person in the student parking lot waving a weapon out the window. Vehicle located unoccupied in the North student parking lot with an airsoft gun inside. School remains in lockout while we investigate.
8:45 a.m. Alert ESCALATED to LOCKDOWN by Responder Chris Trager.
8:46 a.m. (Responder) For safety reasons we escalated to a lockdown. There were five students potentially involved. Working on getting them all contained.
8:54 a.m. (Responder): Lifting the LOCKDOWN. All students have been identified and contained. No weapons are outstanding.
Because of DIR-S, this situation which could have caused panic and taken hours to handle was completely taken care of in a matter of roughly 30 minutes. No one was harmed, and everyone involved in the situation was able to stay informed as to the information pertinent to them.
What a year 2020 has been!
The world has seen so many changes over the course of this year, and DIR-S has adapted every step of the way to meet the needs of the "new normal."
We are all excited for what 2021 will bring. Buckle up and stay tuned because some exciting things are coming your way from Tresit Group!
Have a safe and wonderful New Year!
Why should I make sure DIR-S is up-to-date on my mobile and desktop devices?
The answer is simple.
Every update to DIR-S increases its ability to add value to you and your school, and every update brings with it benefits that help you keep you and your staff safe.
What makes it especially important that you check to make sure your DIR-S is up to date is the fact that some older versions of DIR-S have limited communication with newer versions. This can cause some discrepancy between our latest features being limited by an outdated version.
To ensure you are up to date on your mobile app, search “DIR-S” in the App Store (Google or Apple). If it says “update” then you need to click that to update your app. If it says “open” that indicates that you have the most current version of DIR-S. You can also allow auto-updates for DIR-S, so every time we release an update, you will automatically download and install it.
To check what version of DIR-S you are working with on the desktop, right-click the DIR-S icon in your toolbar (Windows or Mac). You will then see info pop up. The most recent version is 5.0.3. If you need the latest version please email your IT team or email@example.com
If you have any further questions on this, feel free to reach out to us!
Did you tune in for today’s DIR-S Live on our YouTube channel??
Today, we did a deep dive into the new user interface of DIR-S v.5, specifically ensuring that your account is set up correctly.
One of the main themes of this edition of DIR-S Live, which we have talked at much length in many posts and videos is the importance of using DIR-S regularly to develop the muscle memory necessary to maximize your efficacy with DIR-S when faced with a real emergency situation.
In case studies which have been featured on our blog and social posts, we have shown what a difference in reaction time school sare able to have when their users are proficient with DIR-S. Situations that otherwise might have taken an hour or more to resolve are now able to be resolved in a matter of minutes, all thanks to DIR-S.
DIR-S makes it possible to boost situational awareness during emergency situations among all pertinent parties more than has been possible ever before!
Now that DIR-S v.5 brings the DIR-S features to you whether or not you are in an active alert, there are even more possibilities for you.
In our communications with DIR-S users, we have found that having a good and reliable communication platform that would work just as well during an alert as during the normal runnings of the day was a big pain point for many organizations. This need was made especially severe when so many organizations are working both remotely and in person.
These updates come out of a desire to ensure that DIR-S is constantly improving and meeting more of the issues that our clients are facing.
Feel free to contact us at any time for questions about DIR-S and how it can be a benefit to your organization.
DIR-S Version 5 is here, and it is looking good!
As you can see, DIR-S has received a big makeover. The changes are not all cosmetic though. We have spent many hours working on DIR-S to make it even more suited to be an asset to schools. This is made even more important due to the current situations schools are facing.
You can now use DIR-S to contact others in your school no matter what is going on in the school, whether there is an active alert going on (red), a drill (light blue), or if all is well (dark blue).
The chat board now functions very similarly to other communication platforms you will have used in the past. You can make groups with other users, have individual conversations, and when there is an alert or drill started DIR-S automatically starts a school-wide alert chat as it has always done.
With so many schools and other organizations working so much remotely in combination with the traditional in-person work, it is that much more important for all users to be able to remain in regular contact with each other.
Now that DIR-S v.5 has been officially released, keep a close eye on our social media platforms because we will be going into greater detail on the new updates and features DIR-S brings with it in the coming weeks.
DIR-S continues to add value no matter the circumstances of the organization!
Since the school year began, we have been elaborating extensively on the ways DIR-S can be a benefit whether you are meeting in person, remotely, or a combination of the two.
We are happy to report that DIR-S has been used more than ever before because many of our schools are being so proactive with it and seeing ways that it can be used to keep everyone safe and connected, no matter the situation.
Make sure and keep an eye, not only on your DIR-S app but on our posts in the near future! We will be rolling out DIR-S v.5 soon, and it is bringing with it even more features and benefits that will make DIR-S lend itself, even more, to use whether or not there is an active alert going on!
Thank you all for being part of the DIR-S community!
What resources are available to DIR-S users to aid in preparing for the 2020-2021 school year? The answer is that there are multiple resources currently available, with more on the way with software updates coming soon.
The software resources will be expounded upon as they are released so the current resources are all that will be expounded upon in this post.
Resource 1: We have created a COVID-19 Resource Page on our website. This contains information which can prove helpful for school administrators as they work to put together their own school’s safety measures.
Resource 2: In the DIR-S Admin Portal, school and region administrators can create new alert types. In dealing with COVID, many schools have chosen to create a COVID-19 alert type. This allows teachers and administrators to keep everyone updated as to possible cases in the school in real-time.
Resource 3: When a new alert type is created, unique guidances can be set to them to help users know what to do in the case of different alert types. For example, there can be sections in the Guidance section of the REPORT tab telling teachers what to do if they: See symptoms of COVID-19 in their classroom, receive a call saying that a student in their class has tested positive, or whatever other kinds of situations administrators might anticipate facing in regards to the given alert type (in this case a COVID-19 alert type).
Resource 4: On the Tresit Group YouTube Page, there can be found a wide variety of resources for not only dealing with COVID-19, but all aspects of DIR-S. We have bi-weekly webinars, tutorial videos, feature videos, and more.
All of the features listed above are meant to help keep people safe and connected.
We can also be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions regarding DIR-S.
What are the best practices for schools in the coming school year for facing the threat of COVID-19? In the unprecedented times we find ourselves in, schools are faced with the task of resuming school operations all while keeping students are faculty safe.
To aid in this we have been working hard this summer to ensure that the Version 5 update on DIR-S will continue to be a benefit to schools. The details of this update will be expanded upon in a later post.
In addition to this, we will soon be launching a COVID-19 support page on our website where people can go to see what safety practices other schools will be implementing to keep their students and facility safe from the Coronavirus.
We are contacting schools and other DIR-S users gathering information that will be added to this resource page. When it is launched, that link will be shared on all of our social media pages so that schools can have a central resource and build on the ideas of others to ensure the maximum security and safety of their school.
Our hope is that between the features coming this year to DIR-S, and the COVID-19 resource page on our website that we will be able to play a part in keeping people safe. As has been stated in several previous posts, our focus here at Tresit Group is keeping people safe.
If you have any information you would like added to the resource page email email@example.com
From all of us,
Get Safe, Stay Safe.