Ruckus to address school vaping epidemic with expanded IoT offering

Partners with Soter Technologies which sensor systems that detect vaping, smoke, and noise disturbances

By integrating sensors into its IoT Suite, alerts can be sent to a centralised IoT dashboard when vaping is detected.
By integrating sensors into its IoT Suite, alerts can be sent to a centralised IoT dashboard when vaping is detected.

Ruckus Networks is integrating sensors into its IoT platform that are able to detect e-cigarette use in schools, hoping to curb what the U.S Surgeon General has termed an epidemic. The wireless equipment vendor has integrated Soter’s FlySense family of real-time sensors into its IoT Suite, enabling alerts to be sent to a centralised IoT dashboard when vaping is detected.

Soter Technologies makes sensor systems that detect vaping, smoke, and noise disturbances. With these sensors, schools are better able to monitor for E-cigarette use, including in areas such as restrooms, where cameras cannot be placed.

“Fly Sense is a tool that allows high schools and middle school administrators to respond to the growing vaping epidemic happening across the nation and internationally,” said Derek Peterson, founder and CEO of Soter Technologies.

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