"ISU Rave Guardian" to Enhance Protection for 14,000 Students, Faculty and Staff at One of Princeton Review's Perennial "Best in the Midwest"
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Nov. 2, 2015 -- Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, today announced that Indiana State University (ISU) has deployed the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App to increase protection for its more than 14,000 students, faculty and staff. Rave's Guardian App - labeled "ISU Rave Guardian"- is the first and most proven technology of its kind, protecting students at more than 100 higher education institutions across the United States.
"We've been very pleased with Rave's instant text messaging capabilities, so implementing Guardian was a natural next step for us," said Joe Newport, chief of police, Indiana State University. "The university is committed to doing all it can to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff. ISU Guardian is just one more way technology can help keep the campus safe."
Founded in 1865, Indiana State University has an urban campus located in Terre Haute, and covers more than 200 acres in the downtown area. The school is consistently ranked as one of the 'Best in the Midwest" by the Princeton Review for more than a decade.
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. The company has more than 1,200 college and university customers and its technology is responsible for an emergency communications notification system protecting 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.
"Our instant text messaging product is a tool that the students and faculty at ISU have come to rely on. The added protection of Guardian will boost safety for the entire campus," said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer of Rave Mobile Safety. "We are very pleased to be able to provide this for all the students and staff of Indiana State University to give them greater peace of mind."