Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Deploys Rave Guardian App to Increase Campus Safety


The App Will Enhance Protection for More than 16,500 Students, Faculty and Staff at One of the Country's Largest Higher Education Campuses

Aug. 27, 2015 -- Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, today announced that Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has deployed the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App to increase protection for its more than 16,500 students, faculty and staff.  Rave's Guardian App - which the university has labeled "SIUE-Safe"- is the first and most proven technology of its kind, protecting students at more than 1,200 higher education institutions acrossthe United States.

"SIUE-Safe is the perfect complement to our campus E-lert system," said Bob Vanzo, director of administrative services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. "With E-lert, we provide emergency notification to faculty, staff and students. On the other hand, SIUE-Safe will greatly improve emergency communications between faculty, staff and students to their guardians and University police."

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was founded in 1957 and is located 25 miles from St. Louis, Missouri. The school's campus covers 2,660 acres, making it one of the largest college campuses, area-wise, in the United States.

The Rave Guardian Campus Safety App, a patented application which uses Rave's public safety-grade infrastructure and technology, transforms mobile phones into personal safety devices that engages 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.

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.

Rave Mobile Safety is the market leader in campus safety technology, a position punctuated by a 99 percent customer retention rate. Rave's emergency notification and safety solutions are used by colleges and universities in nearly every U.S. state. Additional campus safety products 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.

"A campus of this size will benefit greatly from the Rave Guardian App and its ability to link directly to campus police. AlthoughSouthern Illinois University already has an excellent track record of safety, the App will give the university community an increased peace of mind," said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer of Rave Mobile Safety. "We are very pleased to be partnering with Southern Illinois University to bring enhanced protection to its campus."


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