FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted partner for campus and public safety, today announced that the University of South Carolina has deployed the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App to increase the safety of its more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff, at their flagship campus in Columbia. Rave's Guardian App, the first and most proven technology of its kind, protects students at more than 100 higher education institutions across the United States.
"We at Carolina believe strongly that our students, faculty, and staff should have safety at their fingertips. The Rave Guardian App is like having an emergency call box in your pocket," said Teena Gooding, lieutenant at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. "The peace of mind that the Rave Guardian offers is greatly appreciated by our Carolina community."
The University of South Carolina is a globally recognized, high-impact research university committed to a superior student experience and dedicated to innovation in learning, research and community engagement. Founded in 1801, the university offers more than 350 degree programs and is the state's only top-tier Carnegie Foundation research institution. With 47 nationally ranked academic programs including top-rated courses in international business, the nation's best honors college and distinguished programs in engineering, law, medicine, public health and the arts, the university is helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and around the world.
The Rave Guardian Campus Safety App, a patented application which uses Rave's public safety-grade infrastructure and technology, transforms mobile phones into personal safety devices that engages 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 are automatically presented to campus safety officials during emergency calls for faster, more precise response.
Rave Guardian is a fully hosted Software-as-a-Service solution. Higher education institutions deploying Rave Guardian get access to a dispatcher console configurable to 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 – branded for each institution -- 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.
With more than 1,200 college and university customers, Rave Mobile Safety is the market leader in campus safety technology. Its emergency communications notification system protects more than 40 percent of the entire higher education student population in the U.S. In addition to Guardian, Rave's campus safety products also 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.
"The Guardian app can bring greatly improved safety to every school, from smaller community colleges to larger, sprawling campuses like the University of South Carolina," said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer of Rave Mobile Safety. "We are pleased to be working with them to provide an added layer of protection for the entire campus community."
About Rave Mobile Safety
Rave Mobile Safety is the most trusted safety software partner, providing innovative communication software for better emergency preparedness and faster response. Used by leading education institutes, enterprises and state and local public safety agencies, the award-winning portfolio of Rave Alert, Rave Guardian, Eyewitness, Rave Panic Button, Smart911 and SmartPrepare protects millions of individuals. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, MA. For more information, please visit http://www.ravemobilesafety.com.
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Public Relations for Rave Mobile Safety
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