New safety app used by more than 100 higher education institutions in U.S.

Rave Guardian App bringing added safety, protection to more than 13,500 students, faculty and staff at Georgia Regents’ main campus and medical centers.

rave-safetyRave Mobile Safety (Rave) announced Georgia Regents University (GRU), located in Augusta, Ga., has deployed the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App to better protect its more than 13,500 students, faculty, and staff.

Rave’s Guardian App now protects students at more than 100 higher education institutions across the United States.

“At Georgia Regents University, we are committed to providing our students, faculty and staff with the tools they need to make our campus as safe as possible,” said William McBride, chief of police at Georgia Regents University. “With Rave’s Guardian App, we are giving our entire campus a very intuitive, powerful tool to increase their safety. It’s reputation as the industry standard made partnering with Rave a very easy decision for our community.”

(Next page: How the app helps mobile phones become safety devices)

In addition to its nine colleges, GRU’s facilities include the 478-bed, Georgia Regents Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, outpatient clinics, academic buildings, laboratories and residence halls. Many of GRU’s students spend time traveling between the school’s academic campus and the hospitals. Due to the 24/7 operations of the teaching hospitals and shift work inherent in the healthcare industry, students, faculty and staff alike, find themselves commuting across or between campuses at all hours of the night and day. The Rave Guardian App will allow all members of the GRU community to be safer during these times and others.

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 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.

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.

Additional campus safety products include Rave Alert, a broadcast emergency notification solution, and Rave EyeWitness, which allows students to confidentially text campus police about threats or safety issues.

“Rave provides a very scalable and flexible campus safety asset that can bring robust safety to every school from the smaller community colleges to those with massive and sprawling campuses,” said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer of Rave Mobile Safety. “We are pleased to see the Guardian App increasing its protection into healthcare facilities as it provides greater safety for the entire Georgia Regents University community, including its expansive medical centers.”
Material from a press release was used in this report.

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