The Department of Public Safety & Security has released a free smartphone app called Pirate Guardian to help protect members of the Seton Hall community.
Pirate Guardian serves as a multifaceted safety device equipped with three protection services. Developed by Rave Wireless, a mobile safety company, the app provides mobile escort, mobile blue light phone and confidential reporting systems. Associate Director of Public Safety, Sergio Oliva, said Pirate Guardian will serve as a “convenient feature” aimed at better decision-making.
“The app creates another option for students to notify the authorities immediately. It helps streamline the calling/notifying process,” Oliva said.
Students can download the app to their Android and iOS devices by searching “Rave Guardian” in the App Store or Google Play Store. Then they can register for Pirate Guardian with their Seton Hall credentials and add contact information in case of an emergency.
The app serves as a GPS (Global Positioning System) timer, in which a timer can be set for the approximate time it will take for app users to get to their destination. Once that estimated time elapses, the application will notify campus security about the person’s location.
If there is some kind of emergency students can contact authorities through Pirate Guardian, instead of running to the nearest blue light phone on campus.
Pirate Guardian also provides a confidential reporting system in which any member of the Seton Hall community can report information or tips. The system will only display the person’s phone number in the tips, not their name.
Nationwide, other universities are including the Rave Wireless program in their safety initiatives. Montclair State University and the University of New Mexico are participating, according to Oliva.
Although many students are unaware of Pirate Guardian, Nicole Oppenheimer, a sophomore psychology major, keeps the safety application handy on her iPhone.
“Being able to communicate any trouble or danger by the touch of my phone is an instant relief and reassurance wherever I am,” Oppenheimer said.
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