N.C. A&T Launches New Security App; Increased Communication and Safety Expected
North Carolina A&T State University is preparing to strategically harness the power of the mobile platform to increase, expand and advance its safety and security options for students, faculty, staff and the university community through the LiveSafe mobile safety communications platform and app.
Through two-way communication options with campus security and safety officials, LiveSafe allows users to request help in an emergency, anonymously report safety concerns and request a virtual safety escort from a friend or family member or request an actual security escort. The platform operates in real-time for immediate assistance.
“The safety of the N.C. A&T campus community is the top priority for university police. The university regularly assesses opportunities to increase its safety measures, techniques and protocols.” said Charles E. Wilson, chief of the University Police Department (UPD). “The LiveSafe app is another tool in our commitment to safety and we believe it to be a significant enhancement in not only how we respond to incidents on campus, but more importantly how we prevent them.”
The UPD will also have the capability to proactively disseminate information, emergency alerts and warnings and communicate with predetermined groups or locations via geofences through a LiveSafe central dashboard.
LiveSafe offers multiple layers of user-initiated communication tools including the ability to attach photo, video and audio files as well as location coordinates in order to share info for safety and security concerns.
The app will not replace the Aggie Alert system, the university’s emergency alert system, or blue light emergency phones, rather it will operate as a supplementary tool and work in tandem with security and emergency procedures currently in place.
In addition to its significant safety features, the LiveSafe app can be expanded and personalized to offer additional resources such as university virtual maps, tours and helpful tips. As the university progresses in its use of the app, it plans to add and offer additional features.
Co-founded by a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy, LiveSafe is utilized by many colleges and universities, including peer institutions in the UNC system as well as many malls, stadiums, movie theatres and businesses.
The LiveSafe app is available for download from iTunes or Google Play app stores. More information is available online.