UNC Launches New Rave Guardian Campus Safety App


UNC is providing an app to students that turns cell phones into personal safety devices.

guardian_badgeSafety? There’s an app for that now at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UNC is providing an app that turns cell phones into personal safety devices, the school said Tuesday. The Rave Guardian Campus Safety App will be available to students, faculty and staff for free. Rave Guardian is a company that specializes in campus security.

The idea is that with the app, people can check in with family, friends and Department of Public Safety officers. Florida State, for example, uses the Rave Guardian app, as does Tulane and Provide.

With the app people can:

* Set a safety timer to notify people they trust to check in on them when they are alone or in an unfamiliar place.

* Call UNC Public Safety directly for help if they are in trouble, and send text tips – including photos – if they see something suspicious; and

* Link directly to a Smart911 safety profile they create; each profile contains information including residence details (both home and campus), medical conditions and more. The profiles are displayed to UNC Public Safety officers or to Smart911-enabled 911 centers nationwide when individuals call 911 from off campus.

The app can be downloaded on both Apple and Android devices. Once the app is downloaded and people have created their profiles, their cell phones will display “UNC Guardian.”

The University said it has used other Rave Mobile Safety products for several years. Rave Alert sends text messages and emails through Alert Carolina, for example.

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