Rave's Guardian App Now Increasing Safety for More Than 18,000 Students, Faculty and Staff in Rhode Island and New York State
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Oct. 29, 2014 -- Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, today announced that Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and State University New York (SUNY) Oswego inOswego, New York have each deployed the company's acclaimed Rave Guardian to better protect more than 18,000 students, faculty and staff. Rave Guardian is the first and most proven technology of its kind and now protects students at more than 100 higher education institutions across the United States.
"The Rave Guardian app allows users to send tips about suspicious behavior, have their locations monitored when walking on campus and call emergency response lines with one click," said Paul Shanley, deputy chief of police for Brown University'sDepartment of Public Safety. "The app can function as a 'virtual safewalk.'"
The patented technology uses Rave's heralded public safety-grade infrastructure and the Rave Guardian App to transform 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.
"The new app is basically a blue light emergency system available right on your phone," said John Rossi, police chief at SUNY Oswego. "It's better to have it and not use it than be in a situation when you need it and don't have it."
Among its many features, Rave Guardian enables users to create a virtual safety network including campus safety, trusted friends and family. The Rave Guardian App lets users set a "Safety Timer" session. Once activated, the "personal guardians" in their virtual safety network can monitor the 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 also automatically notifies trusted safety resources on campus. Additionally, students can use the App to send anonymous tips and photos to campus security.
Additional features of Rave Guardian include:
- 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.
- Tips & Multi-Media Messaging: Allows members of a community 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.
- Safety Profiles for Faster Emergency Response: Student-created Safety Profiles contain details such as residence and medical condition information that are automatically presented to campus safety officials during an emergency call for faster, more precise response. Student Safety Profiles are available during emergencies, on and off campus, to campus safety and Smart911-enabled 9-1-1 centers nationwide. Profiles can also be augmented through Rave's data integration tools with data sources such as student information and ID systems.
Higher Education institutions interested in deploying Rave Guardian for their students, faculty and administrators sign-up for access to the fully hosted dispatcher console and are able to brand the App, as well as configure it according their specific campus operations. The secure system easily integrates into existing procedures and student information systems. It is also accompanied by 24x7 customer support.
The latest version of the Rave Guardian App for mobile is available immediately for free 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 and more than 1,000 campuses protected. 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.
"We are extremely pleased to see such strong adoption of Rave Guardian and to be trusted by so many schools to protect what's most valuable to them – their students, faculty and staff," said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer at Rave Mobile Safety. "Rave will never stop innovating and enabling those who keep the peace in our communities with the latest and most advanced solutions to help them perform their duties more efficiently and effectively."