Eyemetric’s co-founders began working with technology to improve School Safety back in 2003 as a result of being awarded a grant from the National Institute of Justice to study, “Technology to Improve School Safety”. While doing research for the grant application the following headline appeared in a local newspaper.
The lessons learned from the grant led to the development of a software application we named TPASS (Teacher Parent Authorization Security System). The TPASS application was initially designed as a client-server-based application and released in 2006. Over the next five years, we kept enhancing TPASS by listening to the recommendations of school secretaries, principals, administrators, and local law enforcement (School Resource Officers). In 2010 we began the development of TPASS’s current web-based version which was released in September 2013.
TPASS Visitor Management with Offender Lookup
The TPASS VMS application was created to provide a secure means for school staff to match children with their parents or guardians when a child was signed out of school. In addition, TPASS includes the ability to perform an on-site sex offender look-up from a nationally compiled sex offender database, create visitor badges, report student and staff activity and deliver instant notifications to parents and guardians.
Eyemetric Identity Systems caters our TPASS application to the individual needs and concerns of a school district. We design all digital record-keeping and reporting to our client’s specifications. TPASS manages the relationships between children and their parents/guardians. The TPASS Student Profile Tab was designed to clearly show the child and those individuals authorized to sign them out of school. TPASS also “red flags” those who are not authorized to sign a child out due to various familial situations such as custody issues or restraining orders.
Over the years TPASS has grown from a simple visitor management system that enrolls and prints out a visitor pass to an enterprise-level system which has become an integral security tool for the school districts where it is installed. In addition to completing a visitor enrollment in three easy steps, TPASS has automated the functions to create a Missing Child Poster or Wanted Poster for law enforcement, automatic alerts via text message and emails to school administrators should a banded visitor show up at a school, the creation and distribution of Emergency Evacuation Reports at the click of a mouse, automatic text message alerts to a parent any time someone signs their child out of school, just to name a few.
Eyemetric Identity Systems
We can proudly say TPASS© was developed from its inception to meet the unique security and child custodial challenges a school faces every day. TPASS© is the most advanced and complete security-based visitor management system on the market today, yet it provides system users with a simple and easy-to-navigate user interface. Other visitor management systems for schools put a tremendous emphasis on Sex Offender Screening. TPASS has been screening all school visitors against a nationally complied sex offender database since it was first released in 2006. However our customers have always said this has served as a wonderful deterrent, with very few sex offenders ever stepping into a school building. TPASS© goes far beyond just screening visitors and printing out badges. We were the first ones to provide text messaging to parents anytime their child was signed out of school. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Eyemetric© is committed to evolving our products as new technology becomes available. We are always looking at new ways to manage and identify visitors or unwanted watch list targets. We believe this is an integral part of helping to secure a campus or building, thereby contributing to the safety of its employees, students, or any other person therein. We will always strive to provide the tools to achieve the level of safety in an innovative and cost-effective manner, to bring value to our clients, and to enhance their safety at the same time.