Technology could help prevent school vaping, bullying


New technology may help prevent vaping and bullying at schools.

An alert system provides a unique way to detect potentially dangerous activity in places where cameras are not allowed.

The inventor of the new surveillance system says school bathrooms and locker rooms are often hiding spots where students have been caught vaping and fighting.

He believes the new technology will curb this type of behavior without violating privacy rights.

Derek Peterson says he came up with this idea after being bullied as a child and seeing the vaping trends among youth.

Fly Sense is a detection and alert system.

A sensor monitors noise and smoke levels and can be set off by screaming and vaping. The system then sends an email or text message alert to school staff and faculty providing the exact location of the alert.

I asked peterson about privacy concers with this new technology. 

“In our device there are no microphones and there is no camera. So, we’re only listening at a sound level decibel. So, we’re not invading anybody’s privacy. We’re putting devices were you cannot, or you typically do not put them,” said Derek Peterson, ceo & founder, Soter Technologies.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that 26 percent of high school students in Nevada have used electronic vapor products. That’s slightly higher than the national average.

When it comes to bullying, almost 8,400 incidents were reported statewide during the 2016/2017 school year as well as 621 cyber bullying incidents.

As for the surveillance system, Peterson says hundreds of schools are using the system.  But it’s unclear if any local campuses, private or public, are trying it out yet.

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