Mobile Future

New York state of mind

Thanks to mobile technology, personal safety on one college campus is taking a large step forward:

Next semester, college students in Oswego will be the first in the state university system to try out a new security tool that can connect them to university police with the touch of a button on their cell phones.

In November, the State University College at Oswego unveiled the first phase of Rave Guardian. Cynthia Adam, the chief of university police at Oswego State, said the response from students has been overwhelming. "Ninety-eight percent of our students and about the same number of faculty, carry cell phones, so, for us, it made much more sense to use that technology as a personal safety device."

The new system lets students input their photo, mobile phone number and other personal information on a secure website. That information is then immediately accessible to campus police when a student speeddials into the office.

Beginning next year, SUNY hopes to expand this system to include GPS data, which would help find the emergency location.

So, is your college or university doing something similar?  Drop us an email ([email protected]) or send us a link.  We’re interested.