A free mobile app for UT Tyler students set to launch this summer will enable identified friends and family, along with University of Texas at Tyler Police Department, to serve as personal guardians for students. (Source: UT Tyler)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
A free mobile app for UT Tyler students set to launch this summer will enable identified friends and family, along with University of Texas at Tyler Police Department, to serve as personal guardians for Tyler college students.
Students using the app can create a Personal Guardian Network by identifying friends, roommates and family as ‘guardians,’ along with the UT Tyler campus police. The app will alert the personal guardians and police if the user has not made it to their destination and deactivated the safety timer.
Friends and family not associated with UT Tyler may download the free app in order to serve as a ‘personal guardian,’ according to Hannah Buchanan, a university public affairs specialist.
With the Patriot Guardian Campus Safety app, users have access– via iPhone and Android smart phones – to the campus police department and 911 call services. Users can make a panic call to the police or report a crime in progress/suspicious activity by voice call or text.
“We wanted to provide our students and the campus community with a useful and secure mobile security app using the most current technology available,” said Police Chief Mike Medders. “They can conveniently and easily access the UT Tyler campus police from their phones, all while creating a virtual safety network of friends and family. Implementing this mobile application enhances our safety measures already put in place here on campus, as campus safety and security is our highest priority.”
During a Guardian Timer Session, if the timer is not deactivated before it expires, campus police are automatically provided with the user’s profile to identify and check-in on the individual.
An emergency call button also allows direct and immediate connection to campus police with GPS location and user profile information.
The university purchased the app through RAVE Mobile Safety, a company that has worked in the public safety market for more than 10 years.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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