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“Right away, we had numerous notifications alerting administrators of students vaping in the restroom,” Huffman said. “Sometimes, you don’t know you have a problem until you start looking for it, and we found that, actually, there’s a lot more vaping going on than we originally thought. If a student is vaping in the restroom farthest away from the office, they may be gone before administration can get there. So, we integrated a camera system with the sensors, and now, when a vape alarm goes off, it triggers the camera to automatically record for 10 minutes so we know who’s leaving the bathroom and can have a conversation with them to work through it.”
"It's pretty accurate so it's a good tool as an administrator because it will alert us and that way we can come down and start doing the investigation. I can tell you that the number of vapes, vape incidents has gone down because students know that the sensors are in the bathroom,"
“It is as if society have been sleepwalking into a situation where addictive products have been targeted towards young people. We noticed some young people cannot last an hour without the need for a toilet break so we had the sensors fitted to enable us to support those who appear to have an addiction."
“The technology behind the Halo Smart Sensor is extraordinary with everything it provides. The detectors can detect if someone is trying to tamper with it, it can detect if someone is trying to mask the smell of vape with another type of scent such as cologne or perfume and the feedback is instant sending alerts through email, text messaging, and push notifications.”
“I firmly believe that the installation of these vape detectors in the bathrooms is a critical step in ensuring the safety and well-being of our students. These high-tech detectors will help us tackle the vaping issue on campus and create a healthier learning environment. When we can quickly spot vaping activities and discourage such behavior, we're making sure our students have the best possible space to grow, learn and stay healthy.”
Clovis High School was locked down briefly Wednesday afternoon when "a firearm was recovered from a student's backpack by school staff," according to Clovis Police Chief Deputy Trevor Thron. School officials said the incident "was prompted when staff responded to the activation of a bathroom vape sensor. Upon learning a search was imminent as a result of the sensor activation, the student fled from the campus and staff subsequently located the weapon in a backpack that had been left behind."
“Students have told me they finally feel comfortable using the school bathroom again. That’s really our heart and goal in the issue, is to prevent vaping, not to try and catch more kids making poor choices,”
“It really is a wholesome detection device, and we think it's done us a great deal of good here in the district. We really see an advantageous application in our middle and high schools of not just THC and vapes, but you know, anytime there is verbal aggression or a decibel level or even air quality. If we have some sort of air quality [alert]--carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide–those machines will also alert us on that, as well.”
“They are not only for catching kids vaping, but also for keywords and sounds. The devices are used to monitor for gunshots, to detect noxious chemicals and to identify words such as “help” or “fire.” “These detectors have always been 100 percent accurate,”
“It has transformed the amount of antisocial behavior in toilets, children are more confident in going to the toilets. It has also reduced the number of students asking to go to the toilet during lessons.”
“It gives us an alert if something is going on and it gives us a chance to check on what’s happening, we do have certain punishments in place if people get caught. But the main thing is we want our students to say ‘hey I don’t want to do that, you know there is a vape detector in here, I’m not going to participate.’”
“Actually, HALO can provide detection for vape and THC detection, gunshot detection, chemical and gas detection, vandalism and trespassing alerts, air quality monitoring and much more. What was a product to put a stop to vaping in the school has evolved. It continues to improve; make no mistake it is a natural fit in the classroom”
“It may not look like much but officials with the school district say these new detectors are making a big difference in the high schools. This is just one more layer to what we think best meets the needs of our students for the safety and security and our staff,”
“To help prevent vaping in school, Tecumseh has purchased two HALO devices for the middle and high school restrooms, which measure the air quality including vaping nicotine or THC and are monitored daily. It detects the vape and sends that information to Deputy Loney and the principal’s phones that there’s vaping going on,”
I am thrilled to share my personal testimony regarding the HALO Smart Sensor 3.0, an all-in-one device that has significantly improved health, safety, and the overall atmosphere at our middle school. As one of my students stated “I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact this remarkable device has had on our school environment.” The HALO Smart Sensors have added another layer of safety to the school.

Before the introduction of the HALO Smart Sensor, we faced various challenges related to health, safety, and the prevalence of vaping among our students. It was a constant concern for our students, making our learning and growing environment far from ideal. However, with the HALO Smart Sensor, things have changed for the better.

First and foremost, the HALO Smart Sensor has greatly enhanced our school's safety measures. This device is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that detects potentially harmful substances in the air. Whether it's smoke, chemicals, or vaping fumes, the HALO Smart Sensor can identify these hazards in real-time. This has created a safer atmosphere for all of us, ensuring that our students can focus on their studies without unnecessary distractions or health concerns.

Furthermore, the HALO Smart Sensor has played a pivotal role in tackling the vaping problem at our school. Unfortunately, vaping had become a growing issue among students, but this device has served as a powerful deterrent. Whenever someone attempts to vape, the HALO Smart Sensor immediately triggers an alert, notifying the staff and providing them with the ability to respond promptly. This has discouraged vaping and encouraged students to make healthier choices.

In summary, the HALO Smart Sensor has been a game-changer for our middle school. It has improved safety, reduced vaping incidents, and enhanced our overall well-being. It is not just a piece of technology; it is a tool that fosters a healthier and safer learning environment for all of us.

I want to express my gratitude for introducing the HALO Smart Sensor and making our school a better place. I believe this device can make a significant difference in other educational institutions everywhere, just as it has at our middle school.
Windell Spivey
Assistant Principal, Bay Haven Charter Academy
"Whether it's a masking, whether somebody sprayed cologne or some type of chemical in there, or whether they're in there, and it's a nicotine vape or even a THC vape, it'll tell us the difference."
Joe Hopper
Director of Safety for Options Charter Schools
“Since the installation of Halo at the school, the principal said there has been a sharp decline on notifications, implementing that the activity has decreased. After Gillingham sent an email to parents and guardians about the new detectors, she received about 20 responses supporting the installation.”
“The vape detectors have been efficient in detecting when students are vaping, allowing us to address the issue immediately.”
Jennifer Hines
Tyler ISD Chief Communications Officer
"With the surveillance technology that we have, with the detector sending the text, I can normally be there at a detector before that student leaves the bathroom," he said. "So most of the time, we're, we're right on the spot."
Jamie Saveall
Assistant Principal in the Jessieville School District
“I want to call these ‘smart sensors’ because they do more than just one function; they’re capable of providing multiple functions for safety and security. They detect occupancy count for any type of small area such as restrooms. They also detect vaping, and can differentiate between vaping, an illegal substance versus a legal substance.”
“We were alerted right away by the HALO devices with text and email alerts going directly to our management team and security. Reliability was key to the agency as it can even alert staff of sensor damage through an alarm triggered if any of the sensors are tampered with or disengaged by individuals.  In fact, Concern Housing has received thousands of alerts since 2020, which has led them directly to the individuals smoking or vaping inside apartments. In some instances, the same individual kept setting off the alerts over and over again which helped the staff “be in the know”of what is going on inside all their buildings."
“The Halo detection system is serving its purpose as a deterrent to our students to discourage vaping. Prior to their installation we had over 20 EMS calls for students that we believed were suffering from effects of vaping. Since the devices have been in place, we haven't had to make any.”
“It has been a deterrent to possession and use in the school and it’s given a sense of comfort to other kids that don’t want to be involved or around it. Students have told me they finally feel comfortable using the school bathroom again. That’s really our heart and goal in the issue, is to prevent vaping, not to try and catch more kids making poor choices.”
Jason Ferguson
School Resource Officer, Eaton Rapids High School, Eaton Rapids, Michigan
“Actually, HALO can provide detection for vape and THC detection, gunshot detection, chemical and gas detection, vandalism and trespassing alerts, air quality monitoring and much more. What was a product to put a stop to vaping in the school has evolved. It continues to improve; make no mistake it is a natural fit in the classroom”
Ralph C. Jensen
SecurityToday
Hitchcock Independent School District installed several vape detectors last spring, and already has seen successes in cutting down on students smoking. They are not only for catching kids vaping, but also for keywords and sounds. The devices are used to monitor for gunshots, to detect noxious chemicals and to identify words such as “help” or “fire". These detectors have always been 100 percent accurate.”
Chris Filidei
District Police Chief, Hitchcock ISD, Texas
“It gives us an alert if something is going on and it gives us a chance to check on what’s happening, we do have certain punishments in place if people get caught. But the main thing is we want our students to say ‘hey I don’t want to do that, you know there is a vape detector in here, I’m not going to participate.' "
Dr. Wayne Vickers
Superintendent, Alabaster City Schools, Alabaster, Alabama
“Vape sensors installed in the high school and middle schools are doing their job, Clovis Municipal Schools board members were told at Tuesday's November meeting. After the meeting, Hill said since the sensors were installed Oct. 24 there had been 1302 total vape incidents, 643 during the first 10 days and 659 since then, from Nov. 7 until Tuesday.”
Loran Hill
Clovis Muncipal Schools Operations Director, Clovis
“It may not look like much but officials with the school district say these new detectors are making a big difference in the high schools. This is just one more layer to what we think best meets the needs of our students and staff for safety and security. Administrators say they've been so successful, other schools want some too. The middle school administrators, they’re asking for this. If the district had these prior to the pandemic shutting down the schools, these sensors may have detected the mold issues, alerting district officials, and saved money.”
Dr. Robert Sigrist
Director of Non-Academic Services, St. Joseph School District
“To help prevent vaping in school, Tecumseh has purchased two HALO devices for the middle and high school restrooms, which measure the air quality including vaping nicotine or THC and are monitored daily. It detects the vape and sends that information to Deputy Loney and the principal’s phones that there’s vaping going on."
Paula Crew
Superintendent, Tecumseh Schools, Ohio
“Forty-five students at Wasatch High School were caught vaping devices in the school’s restrooms since the school year began. The detectors – which were installed in the high school’s bathrooms last year – are designed to catch students breaking the law.”
“Since the installation of Halo at the school, the principal said there has been a sharp decline on notifications, implementing that the activity has decreased.”
“The detectors have been so successful that Pittston Area decided to add them to its two other student lavs at the high school and all six lavatories at the middle school. The roughly 1,000 Pittston Area High School students became aware of the vape detectors the first day of use.”
“District security says the devices were tested at West Florence for one week and the school saw a huge success. Halos were added to the other two high schools and were installed by the time students came back from winter break.”
“Most recently we have used some funds to purchase vape detectors, Halo Sensors, and we are doing that to be proactive and utilize a different avenue to be able to target vape use in our restrooms and various parts of the school building. And we figured it was a minor, a small amount of money to put out to ensure the safety of the students. So it was a no-brainer for us.”
Michael Iskric, JR
Superintendent, Steelton-Highspire School District
“It's rather futuristic...It just gives us another layer to help keep our students safe and help keep them protected as well”
Jon Salanky
Principal, Webster Learning Center
“HALO has been super effective. It works as a deterrent- which is awesome. HALO was a cool technology that they presented to us. It was solving a good problem that we’ve had, which would be vaping- that I’m sure most schools are dealing with”
Sunny Shergill
Clayton Valley High School
“I have not seen something that’s been as effective, as accurate, on the market as this HALO device. We’ve been able to identify a number of vaping...and we’ve been able to use it as not just punitive, but we use it as an educational moment to try and help those students through the decisions that they’re making to hopefully move them towards a healthier lifestyle. Bathrooms are a big area where these activities (vaping) take place in, as locker rooms,…and these are private areas. And this is a way to detect those types of activities without being invasive”
Andrew Jones
Rensselaer Central High School
“As an owner of vacation rental properties the HALO product has been great. As a privacy device I can put anywhere in my units and it tells me if someone is in the unit, if they are vaping or smoking, if they are having parties or excessive noise, and it even told me when someone was using cleaning chemicals to take care of a spill at 3am."
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Chuck Harold
Security Guy TV
“From an air quality index, I think it’s going to be eye-opening to a number of schools…It’s going to be surprising I think to really see how bad the air quality is. We have a school district in Ohio that someone ripped a door off a bathroom stall and that we were able to use the analytics and the reports to show when the noise happened within that bathroom. They checked the cameras, they identified the student, and was able to catch that student with the vandalism”
Jim Grass
ACP CreativIT
"For us, it’s a layered approach and we feel like that with anything new ... whether it be an initiative or an equipment purchase ... that we’re just layering on what we already have been doing to continually update and advance our security protocols."
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Laura Blessing
Superintendent, Miamisburg School District
"Our decision to select HALO was based on the versatility of the sensor and the positive reviews from other schools. We also liked the simplicity of the product and how there were no re-occurring charges or fees associated with HALO. We made the right decision deploying HALO within our school district as it’s protecting our school privacy areas and also providing security while protecting individual privacy.”
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Samuel Cervantez
Safety/Security Coordinator at Castleberry ISD.
“Instead of having a caregiver in the home, we use the IOT Smart Sensors in our customers’ homes to keep an eye on sound and air quality in the least intrusive way possible. We have found the HALO Smart Sensor to be the next level in remote support services, which allows us to have the best knowledge of what’s going on in someone’s environment and be able to respond quickly to mitigate risk.”
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Nicholas D. Alexander
Vice President at THS RSS
“By operating HVAC equipment and louvers when actually needed, based on occupancy, and not just based on a schedule, there is potential to reduce energy costs and to operate building systems more efficiently,”
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Michael Lantier, P.E., LEED AP
Assistant VP/Senior Electrical Engineer at H2M Architects + Engineers
"HALO was able to identify our HVAC system was not operating properly, we performed system maintenance and significantly raised the level of our Air Quality within 45 minutes of the repair."
Northmor School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Eve Miller
Technology Director, Northmor Local School District
"It’s a way for us to regulate areas where we can’t regulate with security cameras. It will notify whoever we have set up as an administrator in the system through email, cell phone, or text."
Lufkin Independent School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Kurt Stephens
Assistant Superintendent, Lufkin Independent School District
"Our HALO investment has paid off well for us by giving our school the ability to identify the students who participate in vaping and may need drug counseling, so we can get them the help that they need to overcome it. Finding the right technology and integrator partner is crucial to implementing a successful solution and we were fortunate to have found both. CVCHS was able to make the campus safer by preventing a physical fight, while also getting students to help to overcome their challenges all with one powerful device. There are no other products out there that offer what HALO does – a complete solution for vape detection and security."
Clayton Valley School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Sunny Shergill
Special Projects Manager, Clayton Valley Charter High School
"The device has been extremely accurate and has helped school leadership deal with the vaping issue effectively by identifying when and where our students have been vaping. In addition, it has given our school the ability to differentiate from typical vaping to those that have THC in it."
Irvington School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Kristopher Harrison
Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Irvington Union Free School District
"The HALO device was incredibly accurate with its real-time alerts, be it vaping, THC or vandalism. Initially, we had a few attempts at disconnecting the devices and a few incidents of where an object was thrown at the sensor to disable it; but both were unsuccessful due to the tamper-resistant features. Having the HALO device enabled us to see the problem vaping has become at our school and now we finally have a tool to help us address it in an effective way."
Pequannock School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Ron Lucas
Director of Security, Pequannock Township High School
"It's pretty accurate so it's a good tool as an administrator because it will alert us and that way we can come down and start doing the investigation. I can tell you that the number of vapes, vape incidents has gone down because students know that the sensors are in the bathroom."
Melanie Arias
Tuloso-Midway Principal
"The HALO sensors are a new and very important component of our district’s plan to deter and detect vaping and most importantly to educate students on its harmful effects. The HALO sensors were simple to install and configure by our own staff members in only a few hours. We took a very positive approach to the installation, throughout the purchase and install process, students were made aware of the upcoming devices. Our school principals made several videos explaining their presence and our goal to stop vaping, not to catch students and give consequence. Despite this, within the first 3 days of installation, 9 students were caught vaping. Anecdotal reports from students indicate that after only two weeks, vaping has decreased drastically throughout our schools."
Salamanca School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Dr. Mark D. Beehler
Assistant Superintendent, Salamanca City CSD
"Myself, our assistant principal, and school resource officer all received a text alert simultaneously around 10:00am the first morning that the detectors were in effect. A quick search revealed that the user already left the restroom but were able to easily use the timestamp on our alert to check our camera system and identify the student who left. We called him in to question him and he admitted to his use of a vape device and we were able to quickly confiscate the device. While dealing with this student, a second alert went to our phones. This time it was a detection of THC content. Again, we were able to successfully identify the student and deal with the issue. On day one, we had four alarms and confiscated five vaping devices and one “pen” used for vaping THC content. We have not had another incident in that restroom since."
Somerset School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Jeff Wesley
Principal, Somerset High School
"We have actually had a high percentage of success rate with actually finding the vapes when we get the notification and are able to address it in a timely manner, I want a kid to make a conscientious decision, is this decision worth this? If I get discovered with this, is it truly worth it."
Hargrave School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Robert Murray
Assistant Principal, Hargrave High School
"I can say this very simply, the HALO sensors have completely eliminated vaping in the restrooms and locker room area’s at our school. They have been better than advertised! When you add in the tampering alarm and the bully component, it has been a great asset to our staff and school. The ease in installation and programming, along with the success we have experienced make them worth every penny!"
Saxony School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Mark Ruark
Principal, Saxony Lutheran High School
"They’ve worked perfectly since the day they were set up,"
Glen Cove School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Justin Lander
Director of Technology, Glen Cove CSD
"With the HALO Smart Sensor, IPVideo has hit the Vape Detection and School Security market at the right time with the right product features. As a security integrator I’ve never seen as much customer interest and response in a product as we’ve received with the HALO."
CommWorks uses HALO Smart Sensor
Pete Wright
Comm-Works
"This summer we installed HALO devices in our restrooms and locker room facilities. I have been extremely impressed with these devices and I’ve been expressing my satisfaction to other administrators. Vaping is a growing problem with our students and these devices have provided a better solution to monitoring behaviors. Thank you!!!!"
Rensselaer School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Andrew Jones
Principal, Rensselaer Central High School
"My biggest shock as an educator is that we have elementary school kids vaping. HALO detects the chemical compounds in the air and sends the notification to our administrators. We tested in our High School last year and so far, so good. The devices are tamper-resistant and do set off an alarm. We want to send the message that vaping is a serious problem here."
Olentagy School uses HALO Smart Sensor
Randy Wright
Chief of Administrative Services, Olentagy School District