Rave’s Guardian App Transforms Mobile Phones into Personal Safety Devices for More Than 4,000 Students, Faculty and Staff
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., January 19, 2016– Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, today announced that Palm Beach Atlantic University has deployed the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App to increase protection for its more than 4,000 students, faculty and staff. Rave’s Guardian App is the first and most proven technology of its kind, protecting students at more than 1,200 higher education institutions across the United States.
The technology behind the Guardian App is based on Rave’s heralded public safety expertise, transforming mobile phones into personal safety devices that can also engage an entire campus community in safety and policing efforts. It greatly improves communication and officials’ ability to respond to incidents and protect students, faculty and staff, by delivering critical information in real-time.
“Prior to Rave Guardian our students had to rely solely on either calling our non-emergency number or finding an emergency call box near them to notify us of an emergency. Rave Guardian provides an extra layer of security for our students, faculty and staff that brings them peace and comfort for our downtown urban campus,” said Cameron Carver, sergeant at Palm Beach Atlantic University. “Students, faculty and staff appreciate that they can take advantage of it on their own phone – a device with which they are well familiar. The app is user friendly and brings peace of mind to everyone on campus and off campus who uses it.”
Founded in 1968 and located in West Palm Beach, Florida, Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is an interdenominational Christian institution and encourages students to strengthen their faith through their coursework and mission trips. Students are required to volunteer at least 45 hours each year, either on campus or in the surrounding community, and must attend at least 24 sessions in the campus chapel each year. PBA has two satellite campuses in Orlando, Fla and Wellington, Fla.
Rave Guardian lets users create a virtual safety network of friends, roommates, family and campus safety. Users can then set a “Safety Timer” session. Once activated, “personal guardians” in a virtual safety network can monitor a user’s status updates and location, and be notified at assigned check-in times. If the timer expires, or the user initiates a panic call, Rave Guardian automatically notifies trusted safety resources on campus.
Additional features of Rave Guardian include:
- Anonymous Tips & Multi-Media Messaging: Allows Rave Guardian users to communicate anonymously via 2-way messaging with campus safety officials. Text and photo content is securely transmitted via Rave’s geo-redundant public-safety grade infrastructure.
- Campus Safety Connect Button: In the event of emergency, a special “button” on a user’s mobile device immediately connects to campus safety, and a rich profile of the caller and their GPS location is automatically displayed.
- Opt-in Safety Profiles for Faster Emergency Response: Student-created Safety Profiles containing details such as residence address and medical condition information are automatically presented to campus safety officials during emergency calls for faster, more precise response.
Rave Guardian is a fully hosted Software-as-a-Service solution. Higher education institutions deploying Rave Guardian get access to a dispatcher console configurable to their specific campus operations. The secure system easily integrates into existing procedures and student information systems. It is also accompanied by 24/7 customer support.
The Rave Guardian App – branded for each institution -- is available for free download at the Apple App Store for iOS devices, including the iPhone/iPad and Google Play for devices running the Android operating system.
With more than 1,200 college and university customers, Rave Mobile Safety is the market leader in campus safety technology. Its emergency communications notification system protects more than 40 percent of the entire higher education student population in the U.S. In addition to Guardian, Rave’s campus safety products also include Rave Alert, the most reliable broadcast emergency notification solution on the market, and Rave EyeWitness, which allows students to confidentially text campus police about threats or safety issues.
“The Rave Guardian App provides students and staff with a direct link to campus safety on the device they carry with them every day,” said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer of Rave Mobile Safety. “Our solution is highly scalable and is quickly and easily deployed at campuses of all sizes, from large schools like the University of Miami to medium-sized ones like Palm Beach Atlantic. Rave is very pleased to be trusted to protect more students in southern Florida.”
About Rave Mobile Safety
Rave Mobile Safety is the most trusted safety software partner, connecting millions to those they trust to protect them, by providing safety officials with innovative tools to prepare better, respond faster, and communicate more effectively during emergencies. Used by leading education institutes, enterprises and state and local public safety agencies, the award-winning portfolio of Rave Alert, Rave Guardian, Eyewitness, Rave Panic Button, Smart911 and SmartPrepare protects millions of individuals. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, MA. For more information, please visit https://www.ravemobilesafety.com.