EPanic seeks partners

Sever-based workplace violence solution
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. - The early-August shootings at a warehouse in Connecticut were yet another reminder that workplace violence continues to be a concern for security directors, even as numbers of incidents have dropped from record levels in the mid 1990s. To address this concern, workplace violence specialist for the state of North Carolina Johnny Lee has created the ePanic Button, a server-based mass-notification system of sorts to address workplace violence issues.

Essentially, the software allows anyone in an enterprise to send different levels of alerts to different factions of people with the click of a hot key on a keyboard, a mouse-click on a desktop icon, or a press of a USB-connected foot pedal.

"There's a real need for multiple levels of urgency,' Lee explained. "Sometimes, I don't want to call 911, I just want my coworker next door to know I'm uncomfortable.' More than just a panic button that sends an alert to a central station, this system allows for emails, texts, or pop-up windows to be programmed individually for different types of alerts. It can be hosted locally, or hosted remotely at a central station.

Lee is now looking for partners in the security industry to bring this to a distribution channel and sign up dealers. The software is delivered via web download, but Lee is open to white-labeling and other delivery methods. "I don't want to sell it directly to the end user,' he said. "I don't need a partner for the capital needs, but rather for the technical ability and sales channel.' He's currently working on integrations with the leading VMS, access control, and PSIM software packages, for example, but would rather work with a technology partner that better knows the security landscape and which software companies are vital for integration first.

"I'm looking for a partnership, a part-owner of the company,' he said. "I'm open to giving up some equity. I'd want that so that they have some skin it.'