Raptor Technologies Questions and Answers

  • What is the Raptor system?

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    Raptor is a visitor management system that enhances school security by scanning visitor drivers’ licenses (or other approved state-issued ID), screening against the registered sex offender databases in all 50 states and alerting school administrators and School Resource Officers (SROs) if a match is found. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that includes a photo, the date and the reason for the visit.  The system also keeps a log of all visitors to the building.

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  • How does Raptor work?

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    Raptor compares state-issued ID information to a database that contains registered sex offenders from 50 states. In the event of a match, Raptor alerts designated school officials and School Resource Officers (SROs). In addition, the Raptor System keeps a log of all visitors to the building.

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  • What is the purpose of the Raptor system?

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    Raptor helps our schools keep unwanted visitors out and track visitors that have been allowed in. By proactively alerting personnel to certain potential threats, Raptor allows school administrators and School Resource Officers (SROs) to take appropriate steps to keep the students, employees, and visitors safe. For valid visitors, the system also prints visitor badges that include the visitor’s name, photo, date, and destination. These badges enable personnel within the building to quickly determine if visitors are in areas where they should, or should not, be.

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  • Does the School/Dist. have the right to require visitors, even parents, to produce identification?

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    Yes. School officials need to know who is in the building and why they are there. Particularly when a student is involved (e.g. early pickup), school officials need to be able to confirm that an individual has the authority to have access to the student.

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  • *What types of IDs will work in Raptor?

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    The scanner is able to scan all state licenses, state identification cards, consular ID cards, green cards, active military cards, and passport cards (not the full passport). 

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  • What other information is the school taking from driver’s licenses?

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    Raptor is only scanning the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders and any private alerts at the school. Additional visitor data will not be gathered, and no data will be shared with any outside company or organization.

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  • What does a visitor do if he/she doesn’t have a government-issued ID?

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    Visitors without a government-issued ID will be denied access to the school.

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  • Is an ID card scan necessary each time a person comes in the building?

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    Yes.

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  • What is the checkout process for visitors leaving the building?

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    The checkout process does not involve scanning the card again. The visitor must return to the entry they came in.  The greeter will simply find the name of the person who is signing out and click a “sign out” button. This provides a record of entry time and departure time. The Raptor badge should be returned to the greeter and destroyed.

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  • Will the Raptor System be used for after school activities?

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    No, the system will only be used during normal school hours, Monday through Friday.

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