EVERETT, Wash. -

Eight Snohomish County school districts are installing new security systems using new state grants.

The state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is distributing nearly $7 million to 80 school districts following the passage of a 2013 bill that required districts to install digital tools for communication and surveillance. Schools are free to choose how to spend the grant.

All in Snohomish County have chosen a system offered by Framingham, Massachusetts-based Rave Mobile Safety.

The Everett Herald reports the Rave system consists of software for computers and smartphones as well as cameras and direct links to police departments and 911 call centers. Rave's system allows first responders and law enforcement officers to have instant access to school maps, live communication with school personnel and real-time camera surveillance.