Guardian App by Rave Mobile Safety Adds New Level of Security for Nearly 25,000 Students, Faculty and Staff at Idaho’s Largest University
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 4, 2016 – Rave Mobile Safety, the trusted creator of innovative public safety data and communication software, today announced that Boise State University has deployed the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App to increase protection for its nearly 25,000 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 Guardian App transforms mobile phones into personal safety devices that can engage an entire campus community to greatly improve safety for students, faculty and staff. It also improves communication and officials’ ability to respond to incidents and protect students, faculty and staff, by delivering critical information in real-time.
“Rave Guardian turns your cell phone into a mobile personalized blue light phone on steroids,” said Elliot Cox, security analyst, Boise State University. “Because it does everything that an emergency blue light phone does now, and that allows the user to do touch-of-a-button calls to Boise State campus security, as well as to the Ada County Dispatch Center.”
Boise State University was founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church, and is situated on 175 acres of land across the river from downtown Boise, Idaho. It became an independent junior college in 1934, and began awarding baccalaureate and master’s degrees in 1965. Today, the school is Idaho’s largest university, offering 201 degrees in 190 fields of study and more than 100 graduate programs.
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.
“We are continuing to see strong momentum with schools recognizing the benefits that Rave Guardian offers to campuses of all sizes,” said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer of Rave Mobile Safety. “Our Guardian App enables colleges to empower their community with a direct link to campus safety, increasing safety for everyone. We are very pleased to be able to bring greater protection to Idaho’s largest institution of higher learning.”
Rave Mobile Safety is the market leader in campus safety technology. In addition to Rave Guardian, colleges and universities also count on 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. With more than 1,200 college and university customers, Rave’s portfolio of advanced communications and notification systems protect more than 40 percent of the entire United States’ higher education population.