About us

Our Mission

Our mission is to give every person the power to make the world a safer place for them, their families, and their communities.

Our Story

How could it be that we can get an Uber wherever we are, or interact with real-time crowdsourced traffic information on Waze; but in an emergency, we are limited to calling 911?

Our founding team all has children and the Sandy Hook shooting, in late 2012, was an emotional catalyst for us to develop a solution.  We initially designed Punch Alert for K-12 schools and specifically for active threats, mainly active shooter.  After extensive research and hundreds of discussions with experts in the field and experienced in emergencies, we learned that the most critical issue is response time.  We also learned that most delays in response are due to lack of coordinated communication and/or incorrect location.  A clear part of the problem was 911, having been designed initially for landline phones, not a mobile environment.  The other, possibly even larger problem, is that we have no way of connecting easily with the people around us… be it the safety team at a school or business, or the surrounding community.  

With the ubiquity of smartphones and our aligned technology expertise, we started our journey and later expanded from schools to workplaces.  Today we are very proud of the impact we are making for K12 schools, colleges, YMCA’s, places of worship, public venues, health care organizations, sports teams, and other organizations.  

With the third major release of our platform this November 2017, we are very excited to announce that Punch Alert has added a new feature that will make an impact not only for your community but also your family. Please use the new 911+ feature as your primary means of calling 911.  Calling with 911+ allows you to talk with a 911 operator, send your accurate location to the 911 call center along with your name and phone number, and notify your family or your workplace all at the same time.  Continue to build your own community of safety, by posting “safety tips” in your neighborhood and following Punch-protected organizations in your area.

Thank you for helping us on our journey to build a global community that works together to make a difference!    

– Greg Artzt, Co-founder and CEO. 


Founders

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Greg Artzt

CEO

Carole Tobias

COO

Andrew Prisk

CTO

Advisory Board

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Russ Artzt

John Garrett

Lee Brading

Bill Wainscott


Partners

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Omni Alert is a reseller and application integrator of Punch Alert from Punch Technologies. Omni Alert takes the Punch Alert product to the next level by developing customized integrations of the Punch Alert app into your organization’s technology and security infrastructure.

Omni Alert develops custom integrations to enterprise telephony systems and security systems to automatically trigger the Punch Alert application when 911 is dialed by anyone on the phone system or the security system detects and reports an emergency or security event.

Team Rufus includes electrical & computer engineers, UI designers, and an amazing support staff to help us with everything from accounting, to marketing, to legal. Gabe, along with co-founders Matt, Travis, and Paula, with backgrounds in law, engineering, and business, help keep Team Rufus on track to deliver something revolutionary later this year!

They’ve spent the last year researching, testing, designing, model-making, picking components based on the best functionality & power consumption, and scrutinizing every aspect and every millimeter.

Sunstates Security is a privately held, woman-owned company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company provides both armed and unarmed security officer services, security consulting and emergency response services. Since its inception in 1998, Sunstates has over 18 years of experience in delivering superior, personalized security programs to a diverse mix of clients including Class A Office Buildings, corporate campuses, utilities, gated communities, schools/ universities, retail environments, governmental agencies and manufacturing / distribution facilities.

Prepare Protect Defend, LLC. is a safety and security company dedicated to Saving Lives through Extraordinary Preparation.  The team is made up of experienced law enforcement and military professionals who have spent over 50 serving and protecting our country and communities. While combining their unique real-world experience and their passion to provide safety for others, they developed the 5F’s Active Threat Program and LifeSpot Technology to save lives. The curriculum has been reviewed by over 800 years of the most experienced law enforcement and military special operations professionals across the nation. Our program will help Prepare the mindset of your people to Protect themselves and Defend others.

CNP Technologies designs, installs, maintains and supports a full range of business technologies to keep companies connected. Founded in 1995 to provide thin client computing, the precursor to the virtual networks and cloud storage we design and support today. In 2002, CNP became one of the first in the nation to partner with ShoreTel, the leader in unified communications.

Today, they provide services across the United States. Their clients come from a broad range of business sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, education, professional services, government, financial, construction, and real estate.

SD3IT is focused on supporting the United States Federal Government, State and Local Government, and Enterprise Clients solve business issues leveraging technology solutions.  By starting from a business problem rather than a set of tools the solutions are customized to each environment.  They provide organizations with IT Transition, Advanced Threat

They provide organizations with IT Transition, Advanced Threat Analysis and Mitigation , as well as providing market research for any datacenter, network, or cyber security services.

Mutualink’s emergency response communications technology offers interoperability across multiple Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource (CIKR) entities. They enable communities to share voice, video, text, and data securely to keep stakeholders safe.

Mutualink creates networks of interoperable communities that are, at an instant, capable of sharing radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment. The combination of affordability and the elegant simplicity of our offering changes the way communities across the country communicate.

A+ Technology & Security Solutions, Inc. is the provider-of-choice for customers seeking integrated, state-of-the-art technology, including a wide range of Security, IT Infrastructure, LED Lighting and Audio/Video solutions.

Their expertise is in “technology convergence,” leveraging the power of the network to bring together independent systems into powerful, innovative solutions that deliver far more value than the sum of their parts.

HE Beacons Systems is an innovative, digitally oriented global media company whose reach is rapidly expanding. Their mission is to equip our audiences with the latest intelligence to understand a world shaped by technology.

HE Beacons Systems provides management security systems in hospitals, educational institutions, prisons, events and retail stores. Their core values are driven by a desire to improve life, operate with the highest standards of integrity, expand access to our products and employ a diverse workforce that values collaboration.