Chicago, IL and Framingham, MA (PRWEB) April 17, 2009
Chicago State University (CSU) and Rave Wireless, Inc., the leading provider of safety applications for mobile users, today announced the launch of Rave Guardian to enhance campus safety for its students, faculty and staff. The mobile phone-activated personal safety tool allows students to proactively connect with and be monitored for safety by campus police. Rave Guardian, the next generation in mobile safety, is designed to prevent incidents from occurring, and this month received the top Emerging Technology Award for Public Safety by the International CTIA wireless association.
"Campus safety is an ongoing issue on college campuses across the country. We are the first in Illinois to incorporate the breakthrough Rave Guardian technology because it's important to take every possible measure to keep our students safe," said James Maddox, Chicago State's interim police chief.
CSU students and other members of the campus community sign-up for Rave Guardian through a quick online process that registers their mobile numbers, the photo from their ID cards, physical description, pertinent health information, emergency contacts, and more. When a student activates Guardian, this information--plus their location on the campus map--is automatically provided to campus police on a large plasma screen in the dispatch office, and on laptops in squad cars that are patrolling the campus.
"Having a student's complete profile and location information provides us with an enhanced 911 service that improves our ability to respond to incidents, saving valuable time. If a major incident occurs, it can also save lives. Rave Guardian is not only extremely user-friendly; it is far more sophisticated and effective than other safety technologies, such as our bluelight system," Maddox added.
"I signed up for Rave Guardian as soon as I received the email announcing the upcoming launch," said Keocco Larry, a CSU sophomore. "Because I can access police instantly with my cell phone's speed dial, I don't have to remember to carry another device or hope that there's a campus bluelight within reach if I need one."
Rave Guardian complements CSU's multimodal Rave Alert system, deployed in spring 2008. That system enables the University to react to and manage a situation by quickly sending emergency text alerts, voice messages and emails to the entire campus or specific groups. Rave Guardian is a fully hosted system that is easily deployed without any hardware or software to install. The system works on any cell phone from any provider in the U.S. and can be used with any emergency notification system.
"Mobile phones have nearly 100% penetration across student and employee populations. We have developed a unique, patented safety application that leverages these mainstream devices, and provides safety officers with powerful data that goes beyond what is transmitted during a 911 call," said Raju Rishi, chief strategy officer and co-founder, Rave Wireless, Inc. "We commend Chicago State for joining other major universities & organizations around the country that are at the forefront of safety technologies, and for recognizing that Rave Guardian is capable of helping its police be more efficient, better responders."
Universities that use both Rave Alert and Rave Guardian, as is the case at CSU, realize the added convenience of accessing both emergency applications from a single administrative console that taps into the same unified student database.
CSU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to register for Rave Guardian by logging onto http://getrave.com/login/CSU.
About Chicago State University
Chicago State University was founded as a teacher training school in Blue Island, Illinois on September 2, 1867. Today, the university is a fully accredited public, urban institution located on 161-picturesque acres in a residential community on Chicago's Southside. CSU is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of Illinois. The university's five colleges--Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Pharmacy--offer 36 undergraduate and 25 graduate and professional degree-granting programs. CSU also offers an interdisciplinary Honors College for students in all areas of study and has a Division of Continuing Education and Non-Traditional Programs that offers extension courses, distance learning and not-for-credit programs to the entire Chicago community.
About Rave Wireless
Rave Wireless is the leading provider of mobile safety solutions for higher education institutions, government and enterprises. Rave builds, sells and supports an award-winning suite of safety applications including emergency notification systems and location-aware, personal safety tools such as Rave Alert, Rave Guardian and Rave Transit. More than 100 colleges and universities nationwide rely on Rave Wireless, including Montclair State University (NJ) who has won the Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award and the Campus Technology Innovators Award for its implementation of Rave. Rave Wireless is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts. Investors include Bain Capital Ventures, Sigma Partners, and RRE Ventures.