Rave’s Guardian App Now Increasing Safety for More Than 41,000 Students, Faculty and Staff at the Nation’s Oldest Public University
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., December 3, 2014 – Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, today announced The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has deployed the company’s acclaimed Rave Guardian App to better protect its more than 41,000 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.
“This is a very large university community, teeming with constant activity,” said Chief Jeff McCracken, director of public safety at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “We want our students, employees, and security personnel to have access to the best possible campus safety tools.”
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 Rave Guardian App offers features that are ideal for the mobile lifestyle of an active university community,” Chief McCracken added. “The ability to create a virtual safety network that enlists friends and peers is tremendous, and students’ parents also appreciate that they can be part of this process. With a quick tap, the ‘panic button’ puts users directly in touch with UNC Police, and ‘safety profiles’ include data that greatly improves responders’ ability to locate individuals and more effectively provide for their specific needs. Most importantly, Rave has defined campus safety technology: their resources are the most proven in the industry, and they continue to raise the bar.”
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.
“Rave is honored to help increase safety at our country’s oldest public university,” said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer at Rave Mobile Safety. “Regardless of whether you are protecting 41,000 people or 400, Rave Guardian scales effortlessly and provides innovative and robust capabilities that are sought after by institutions of all sizes.”