U North Carolina at Chapel Hill Launches Mobile Alarm System
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched the Rave Guardian personal mobile alarm system to provide students, faculty, and staff a direct connection with campus police. When triggered, the Rave application can automatically send the user's picture, mobile number, and personal information to public safety officers. In many cases it can also display the user's GPS location on a map for campus police to provide assistance more quickly. The company said the hosted service works on any cell phone from any provider in the United States and can be used with any emergency notification system.
"We recognize campus safety as a top priority. The IT services division is pleased to be partnering with student affairs to offer the enhanced safety features of Rave Guardian to our campus community," said Larry Conrad, vice chancellor for IT and CIO. "This new service complements nicely our existing program to register student cell phones numbers in our emergency management notification system."
Other institutions that have recently signed on to use Rave Guardian include Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the State University of New York at Oswego.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.