Providence College and University of Texas at Tyler Latest to Protect Their Communities with Nation's First and Most Widely Deployed Campus Safety App
Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, today announced even more schools deploying its award-winning, patented Rave Guardian solution for the upcoming academic year. The first and most popular technology of its kind – deployed at higher education institutions across the United States and proven to help save lives– the solution uses Rave's 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. By delivering critical real-time information, it greatly improves communication and officials' ability to respond to incidents and protect students, faculty and staff.
Amongst its many features, Rave Guardian enables users to anonymously provide tips and photos to campus safety. Users can also create a virtual safety network including not only campus safety but trusted friends and family. The Rave Guardian App lets users set a "Safety Timer" session. Once activated, "personal guardians" in their virtual safety network can monitor the user's status updates and location. These guardians are automatically 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.
"We were impressed with the ability students have to create a virtual safety network; it suits their mobile lifestyle, enhances protection, and it's a feature parents appreciate as well," said the Director of Emergency Management for Providence College, Koren V. Kanadanian, M.S. "When we researched our options, and in discussions with peers, the feedback on Rave Guardian was unmatched. We need technology we can trust to perform and it was clear that this is the most field-proven solution on the market."
Additional features of Rave Guardian include:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
"We wanted to provide our students and the campus community with a useful and secure mobile security app using the most current technology available," said University of Texas at Tyler Police Chief, Mike Medders. "They can conveniently and easily access the UTTyler campus police from their phones, all while creating a virtual safety network of friends and family. Implementing this mobile application enhances our safety measures already put in place here on campus, as campus safety and security is our highest priority."
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 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 mobile app is available immediately for free at the Apple App Store for iOS devices, including the iPhone and 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 over 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.
"The most important benefit of being the market leader is having a customer base that provides the input necessary for further product innovation," said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer for Rave Mobile Safety. "Rave Guardian is the most reliable solution of its kind. Being able to build upon this proven platform – and effectively remain out-front in meeting emerging demands such as the mobile needs of today's students – is what allows us to continue setting new standards in campus safety."