Making the Case for An Emergency Notification App at Colleges and Universities

Campus safety is one of the major concerns of every college administrator on every college campus around the country. Increased lighting, a campus police force, emergency phone boxes, and myriad different check-in procedures, IDs and systems all to keep students safe.

But what if the students could use their own cell phones to help contribute to their own safety?

First, most students are already comfortable and familiar with using apps on their smart phones, and nearly every student has a smart phone.

At Interapt, we are developing a safety app that arms the student with a tool to protect himself or herself with a real-time solution.

The mechanisms are already in place for campus police to be notified whenever there is an emergency, so our app makes the campus police’s job easier when they can simply find the student’s last key-in on a GPS campus map. The student doesn’t even have to provide his or her identity; just a general physical description will do.

Before we developed our app, many people would dial 91 and keep their finger poised to dial that last 1, just to be on the safe side. Our app is pre-emptive safety protection. You hit “start” when you’re safe, you tap if you’re unsafe and if you don’t hit a “Still Safe” button every 30 seconds to 2 minutes (you choose the parameters), the campus police will be immediately notified.

Second, there’s a low cost of entry for the app at $1 per semester per student. Rather than costing a set fee, or even charging the students for it, it can be folded into a campus activity fee, or even be made optional. A student can even choose to turn it on so that they are always tracked on campus.

Thirdly, if a college already has their own app, we can use the engine they’ve already built to enable mass alert push notifications. Our system is faster and more robust than anything currently out there, and we think colleges and universities can use it to keep their students safe at night.

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