Rave Upgrades Guardian Mobile Campus Safety System
Rave Wireless this week introduced an upgraded version of Rave Guardian, a personal safety system designed for college and university students. The forthcoming update, due this spring, expands cell phone and carrier options at participating universities.
Rave Guardian is designed to work as a complement to Rave Alert, the company's mass notification/emergency alert system for text, e-mail, and voice. Activated through a student's mobile phone, the service allows users to hit a panic button in emergency situations. It also provides a timer function that allows students to set a timer through their phone that will trigger an alert should the student fail to cancel the timer within a fixed amount of time. (For example, a student walking to his or her dorm would set the timer then deactivate it when reaching his or her destination. An alert would be sent to campus safety in the event that the student didn't deactivate the alert on reaching his or her destination.) For GPS-enabled phones, the system can also display the current location of the student.
The upgraded version of Guardian will allow all students at a university to use the system, regardless of the type of cell phone used or the service provider.
The new Rave Guardian is expected to be available later this spring.
Executive Producer David Nagel heads up the editorial department for 1105 Media's education publications — which include two daily sites, a variety of newsletters and two monthly digital magazines covering technology in both K-12 and higher education.
A 21-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192 or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education). A selection of David Nagel's articles can be found on this site.