As things stand now, I’m sort of a skeptic of the whole BluePoint system. I’m not sure if systems like this have a listing for what they’re intending to do here, nor am I sure they even do the job very well at all, if the intention is to notify police. They seem to me like a very specialized subset of mass notification that flashes blue lights and calls the police, but I’m not sure if the benefits outweigh the costs.
I’m sure everyone knows the elephant in the room when I discuss “active threats” but…
The only instance I could ever see a Bluepoint system being beneficial are schools that do not have their own police department. Which, there are quite a few of them, but I don’t think even then it would be super beneficial. Those systems alone cost $40,000 and the money can be better spent teaching angry kids how to deal with the anger that they feel.
If all the system does is call law enforcement and initiate a lockdown and flash a bunch of blue strobes… then anyone with a cell phone can call 911 and if the pull station has to be activated from the front office or certain fixed points on walls anyhow, then it won’t be much use if the threat has already compromised the front office, or is roaming hallways.
My biggest problem with Bluepoint is that it tries to address the symptoms of active threats, and not the cause. It’s like putting a Band-Aid over a gaping, bleeding flesh wound and calling it fixed, when you really need stitches and surgery. It’s just a bunch of blue fire alarms that flash and do… things. Do they help stop the threat? No. Does it aid the officers? No. It doesn’t do anything that can’t be done in other ways.
We’ve seen the difference in response in what happened in Uvalde and what happened in Nashville. When the police do eventually arrive, what good does the BluePoint system do if the officers were as cowardly as the ones in Uvalde? On the flipside, that school in Nashville didn’t have a BluePoint system, but the police were on-scene and eliminated the threat within minutes of the first shot being fired.
I think if you want mass notification, that’s fine. But mass notification can be achieved in far more streamlined ways than just slapping on some System Sensor alarms with a coat of blue paint.
I think what frustrates me most about “solutions” like these, is that we are continually focusing on the symptoms, but never, EVER the cause.