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McBride to join other police chiefs in promoting campus safety app

On Thursday, April 23, GRU Police Chief Bill McBride will join other police chiefs in a teleconference promoting the benefits of the Rave Guardian campus safety app.

“It’s for people who are on the fence about it,” McBride said. “So they’re going to have a couple of chiefs talk about why they got it and how it’s working. I’m going to be honest and tell them that I’ve got it and I’m pushing it as hard as I can, but we’re just not having the luck we should have with the kids and the staff getting signed up.”

McBride says that while he’s been promoting the app in just about every way possible, fewer than 1,000 people have signed up for the free service.

The Rave Guardian app is a free personal safety application for smartphones that gives individuals the ability to instantly summon help. Rather than looking for one of the blue-topped emergency phone towers, the app gives you one-button access to 911 or GRU police. It also sends out your location.

“When you push that button, it sends an audible alert to my 24-hour dispatcher and also pops up on a computer map that shows within about three meters where you’re standing,” McBride said. “For me, from the safety and security perspective, we think it’s a lot better use of our resources than trying to put random blue towers in places where people won’t use them.”

The RAVE Guardian app is free to faculty, staff, and students. Basically, anyone with a gru.edu email can download the app. For Android, click here. For Apple, click here.

The Rave Guardian Safe Campus Sweepstakes kicked off this week!

During March, downloading the Rave Guardian app and creating an account with your school email address will enter you in the Safe Campus Sweepstakes. This is a great way to help spread the word about the app across your campus, and encourage students to download and sign up.  Prizes include a $1,000 credit at the campus bookstore, fleece jackets, and backpacks.

In addition, to support the efforts of spreading the word across campus, we will award $1,000 to the student government of the school with the Safest Campus (safest campus being defined as the school with the largest percentage of their student body registered with the app by March 31).

If a student is already using the app, they can win too.  If they send an email to friends on campus about the sweepstakes, they will be entered.  They can find the email template at the webpage below, we will be notifying all existing users of the app by the end of this week.

Below you will find information in an email template that you can pass on throughout your campus.   There are also additional details at www.raveguardian.com/sweepstakes

Here are some easy ways to get the word out:

  • Send a media alert to your campus newspaper
  • Send an email blast to your student body (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Involve your student government- they have the chance to win and they have a powerful voice across campus
  • Post information on your Facebook and Twitter accounts- graphics are attached and they can be downloaded at the webpage above

If you have any questions please contact us anytime at guardianapp@ravemobilesafety.com

Free app is a personal hotline to help

Chief of Police Bill McBride is puzzled and frankly a little disappointed.

He’s put up flyers, had stories in the GReport and the Daily Update, had senior leaders deliver the message to their units, and he even sent out a clever email with the Batman logo, yet fewer than 500 people have downloaded the free RAVE Guardian app.

In a crisis, this app could make all the difference.

A personal safety application for smartphones, it gives individuals the ability to instantly summon help. When you pull it up on your phone, it gives you one-button access to 911 or GRU police, and that one button also sends out your location.

“When you push that button, it sends an audible alert to my 24-hour dispatcher and also pops up on a computer map that shows within about three meters where you’re standing,” McBride said. “For me, from the safety and security perspective, we think it’s a lot better use of our resources than trying to put random blue towers in places where people won’t use them.”

Those blue-topped emergency phone towers that are still scattered around the Summerville Campus are expensive, impractical, and according to McBride, they’ve never been used to report an emergency.

Never.

“This app is kind of like having that blue tower in your pocket,” McBride said. “Now, nobody’s going to have to walk 200 yards to hit a blue tower phone when they can just whip out their cell.”

GRU also uses GR Alert, a mass notification system that sends messages, including texts, to students, faculty, and staff in emergencies. While that is a notification system, RAVE Guardian is like a personal hotline to help.

The RAVE Guardian app is free to faculty, staff, and students. Basically, anyone with a gru.edu email can download the app. For Android, click here. For Apple, click here.

Other features include a trip alert feature, where the user can configure the app to notify specific people if they don’t check in at a certain time, making that 10-minute walk through the dark campus not quite as lonely.

Of course, none of that matters if you haven’t downloaded the app.

New safety app available for GRU and GRHealth

The Rave Guardian Campus Safety app is now available for download onto your mobile device. The app is free to all GRU and GRHealth faculty, staff, and students through the GRU Department of Public Safety.

The Guardian app transforms mobile phones on the GRU campus into personal safety devices, enhancing safety through a virtual network of friends, family, and Public Safety and speeding the sharing of information between those requesting help and those entrusted to provide it.

  • A Panic Button, which provides a direct, immediate connection to Public Safety with GPS location and personal profile information.
  • Tip Texting, which enables anonymous crime tip reporting and 2-way communication via SMS or mobile app.
  • Personal Guardians, a feature in which subscribers can identify friends, roommates, and family as “guardians” along with Public Safety. Users can set a Rave Guardian Timer. During a timer session, guardians and Public Safety can check the status of the individual. If the Guardian timer is not deactivated before it expires, Public Safety is automatically provided with the user’s Rave Guardian profile to proactively identify and check in on the individual.

Benefits of the software include:

  • Automatic delivery of critical, individualized data to Public Safety, even if the caller cannot speak
  • A “virtual safe walk” via the Rave Guardian Timer
  • E9-1-1-like caller location for more than 90 percent of mobile devices
  • Privacy and security by placing callers in control of when their data is shared with Public Safety
  • Reinforcement of Public Safety’s mission on campus through a visible and personalized safety tool
  • A user-friendly interface designed with Public Safety input
  • Virtual elimination of false alarms through proactive reminders and confirmation of caller identity
  • Rapid installation without unique hardware or software

For specific features and how to use Rave Guardian go to ravemobilesafety.com/rave-guardian and Rave Mobile Safety Features.

To download and install the app, follow the below directions.

Download and Installation:

The app is available on the following app stores:

–          ANDROID – Direct Link to Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ravemobilesafety.raveguardian

–          APPLE – Direct Link to Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/raveguardian/id691246562?mt=8

–          Search for: RAVE Guardian

Post-Installation:

–          Launch Rave Guardian.

–          The app will ask you to turn your device location settings on. This is very important to keep on for the application to update your location to authorities in case of emergency.

–          Click I am with a school.

–          Enter your personal information and click Next.

–          Enter further information and click Next.

–          An SMS will be sent to confirm phone.