Students, faculty and staff at Stony Brook University have gained a new way to alert police of safety concerns or emergency situations.
Dubbed “SB Guardian,” the new system acts like the more than 140 emergency blue light phones littered around campus, except being able to be activated from a user’s cell phone. The technology functions in two modes: panic and precautionary. In panic mode, users program the Guardian phone number into a speed dial, allowing them to alert police of a situation with one touch of a button. The precautionary mode utilizes a timer to allow users to send an automatic alert to police if they do not deactivate it after a set period of time.
SB Guardian works on any cell phone, but university officials say it is most effective when paired with a smartphone with GPS capabilities, so the system can transmit exact locations of an alert. The SB Guardian technology is not an active GPS system tracking users every moves, however, university officials noted. They can only be located and have their information accessed if an emergency alert is activated.
SB Guardian is voluntary and does not cost anything for users to sign up.
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