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Pitt-Greensburg Steps Up Campus Security with New Rave Guardian App

by Aaron Forbes

This semester, the Pitt-Greensburg Police have implemented a new safety app called Rave Guardian available for all current students, faculty, and staff. The app aims to keep the campus a safe place with features such as an anonymous tip line, GPS location mapping, emergency and non-emergency contact, and catalogs for helpful web links and phone numbers.

Rave Guardian is an app developed by the Rave Mobile Safety company. It’s a mass notification system that can be used to communicate to students and staff in the event of an emergency, but the difference between Pitt’s already-implemented ENS or Emergency Notification Service and Rave Guardian is that it can be used to communicate both ways.

Students can submit anonymous tips or report crimes to campus police, receive geo-targeted notifications even when they don’t have cell service, and have 24/7 access to a catalog of useful numbers such as the Blackburn Center, Counseling Center, Disability Resources, Health Services, and more.

One of the most useful aspects of the Rave Guardian app is the safety timer. This function allows the user to broadcast their location to a friend as a virtual escort and check-in when arriving at a set location within a certain time.

Rave Mobile Security says that their app has been used to send over a billion messages per year with the numbers still growing. It makes college campuses safer and important information more accessible, especially during emergencies.

Learn how to set up the app at Pitt’s Information Technology website technology.pitt.edu and key in “Rave Guardian.” If you’ve used the app, drop us a line and give us your feedback at upginsider@outlook.com.

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