Stony Brook University Expands Campus Safety with the Rave Guardian App


Guardian App by Rave Mobile Safety Adds New Level of Security for More than 41,400 Students, Faculty and Staff at SUNY's Main Long Island Campus

July 15, 2015 -- Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, today announced that Stony Brook University, a part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network, in Stony Brook, New York has deployed the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App to increase protection for its more than 41,400 students, faculty and staff.  Rave's Guardian App, the first and most proven technology of its kind, protects students at more than 100 higher education institutions across the United States.

"We know that more than 90 percent of our campus own and rely heavily on some type of smart phone. We also strongly advocate and leverage technology to supplement the traditional law enforcement services that we provide as a department," said Lawrence Zacarese, assistant chief of police and director of the Office of Emergency Management at Stony Brook University. "Rave Guardian works perfectly within our campus community to offer both peace of mind and a convenient personal safety system for all that work, study, and live at Stony Brook."

Located 60 miles east of New York City, on Long Island, Stony Brook University offers students 68 majors and 80 minors. Since its founding in 1957, the university has expanded to include more than 200 major buildings with a combined area of more than 11 million gross square feet across more than 1,400 acres of land.

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 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.

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 and more than 1,200 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.

"With such a large student body and staff spread across a very wide area, the Rave Guardian App will give the Stony Brook University community increased peace of mind with its direct link to campus police," said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer of Rave Mobile Safety. "We are very pleased to see more of the SUNY schools counting on Rave Guardian to bring greater protection to the community."


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