Dec. 12, 2017 – ELERTS Corp, the leading provider of See Something Say Something mobile apps for transportation agencies, was named the winner of Airport Shark Tank at the 17th Annual AAAE / TSA / DHS Aviation Security Summit in Arlington, Virginia. During Airport Shark Tank, five innovators presented their airport security products on stage. Presenters were judged by four leaders in the airport industry, along with hundreds of airport and government security executives who voted for the most innovative new airport security technology solution.
ELERTS presented its See Something Say Something mobile app as a key component to the airport threat and security ecosystem. ELERTS app helps protect against internal and external threats in public and sterile areas of an airport. Whereas the use case for ELERTS See Say app at transit agencies involves passengers being the primary app users, at airports the app is targeted for use by badged airport employees, vendors and service providers who are most familiar with the airport and who recognize when something looks out of place or suspicious.
ELERTS allows multiple entities in airports to contribute to the intelligence of an airports’ security center – empowering people to easily and anonymously report security concerns to police. Calling 911 is a good solution for critical situations, and K9s serve a single important purpose – to sniff and detect explosive substances. While people cannot smell explosive traces in the air, they can and do notice many different types of threats, and report them using ELERTS’ app.
“People see things that just don’t look right – especially at airports. But people are in a hurry – they don’t really have the time or desire to call 911 on a recorded line and go through a line of questioning. With ELERTS, the public can easily report a security concern in less than 20 seconds – helping the police, TSA or other security entities – and then be on their way,” said Ed English, CEO of ELERTS. “ELERTS allows users to anonymously report who, what where and when of a questionable situation. With 16 transit agency customers in North America and 100% customer retention, the expansion to airports was a natural step, especially as many of our transit agencies connect directly to airports.”
ELERTS’ patented integration with video surveillance systems finds the needle in the haystack – the one camera nearby a reported incident. ELERTS app is used daily to report a variety of concerns such as unattended bags, explosive-looking devices, harassments and assaults, vandalism, robberies and more. Airport Shark Tank judges saw the applicability of the app in airports where TSA, K9s and other security arms simply can’t have their eyes on everything at all times.
Judges of Airport Shark Tank:
Dr. Reggie Brothers, Principal, The Chertoff Group – served as the Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2014 to 2017.
Kim Day, CEO, Denver International Airport
Kim Day began leading Denver International Airport, “the sixth-busiest commercial airport in the United States,” in April 2008.
Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger
Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger was appointed in 2015 by President Obama to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a position he held until January 2017.
Evan Burfield, Co-Founder of 1776 and Union
Evan Burfield is the cofounder of 1776, a global incubator program and seed fund focused on startups tackling global challenges.
Learn more about ELERTS’ airport-specific solution: http://bit.ly/ELERTSAir
ELERTS develops best-in-class emergency communication software, empowered by community-sourced reporting of safety and security concerns. The company is the leading provider to transit agencies for See Something Say Something apps. ELERTS cloud-based approach leverages smartphone technologies to provide robust, bidirectional communication between multiple parties. ELERTS mobile technology integrates with video surveillance, access control and mass-notification systems to provide actionable information for first responders.