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Guardian App By Rave Mobile Safety Now Bringing Added Protection to nearly 6,000 Students, Faculty and Staff at the Birthplace of Basketball

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 6, 2015 -- Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, today announced Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts has made the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App available to its almost 6,000 students, faculty and staff, in order to provide them with increased safety. Rave's Guardian App, the first and most proven technology of its kind, now protects students at more than 100 higher education institutions across the United States.

"As a large school in an urban area, there is a lot happening on campus and outside influences also impact safety," said Michael Sullivan, executive director of public safety at Springfield College. "Rave Guardian gives our security team incredible reach. Its reliability and ease-of-use in emergency situations made it the clear choice. Our campus community is thoroughly connected via the Guardian app, and because users can also text us with anonymous tips, we're able to enlist the eyes and ears of students, faculty and staff to further our safety efforts."

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is consistently ranked a top regional university by U.S. News & World Report. The birthplace of basketball, the school is located in a bustling urban setting in the heart of the Pioneer Valley.

The patented application uses Rave's public safety-grade infrastructure and technology 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.

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 that are automatically presented to campus safety officials during an emergency call for faster, more precise response.

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 24/7 customer support.

The Rave Guardian App 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 1,000 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.

"Whether a school has a large, sprawling rural campus or is in a densely populated urban location, Rave Guardian provides the same levels of robust protection and increased safety," said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer of Rave Mobile Safety. "Our Guardian App enables colleges to empower their community with a direct link to campus safety, and in turn, campus police can extend their own reach. This is especially critical in settings where outside influences can find their way onto a school. Rave is pleased to bring greater protection to basketball's original home court."

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