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U of L developing Rave Guardian app with tech-driven safety tools

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The app, called Rave Guardian, will offer tech-based safety tools to students. The app, called Rave Guardian, will offer tech-based safety tools to students.
U of L officials say they want to put safety into the hands of their students. U of L officials say they want to put safety into the hands of their students.
A safety timer option will alert people if you don't make it to your scheduled destination in time. A safety timer option will alert people if you don't make it to your scheduled destination in time.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new smartphone app being developed at the University of Louisville plans to offer safety to students through technology like GPS tracking to alert people if you don't make it to your destination in time.

School officials say installing the safety app on your phone is like having a personal guardian with you at all times.

Cameras and emergency call boxes are scattered throughout the University of Louisville Campus.

"I always get emails as well all the time saying this person's been robbed or someone's been assaulted," senior Gaelan Genoud noted.

Now, the university wants to put a safety tool right in the hands of its 30,000 students, faculty and staff.

"It gives a student some sense of security when they're walking across campus," U of L Emergency Manager Dennis Sullivan said.

The app will be called Rave Guardian. It's features include a panic button, which will call 911 and a personal guardian function.

Say you want to get to the library from the student rec center and you know it takes 10 minutes to get there. You type that number in your phone and start walking.

During the trip, the app will give you a two-minute warning. If you don't arrive at your destination within those 10 minutes, police are notified and can see where you are through a GPS tracker.

But police aren't the only ones that can be notified. Family and friends can also be set up as guardians.

"In my case, my wife is my guardian," Sullivan explained. "If it goes off, it will also notify my wife that something is wrong so that she can be involved in trying to find where I am and what's going on."

The app also allows users to send crime and emergency tips to police, as well as message back and forth with dispatchers.

In addition to the app, Sullivan said more officers have been added and lighting around campus has been improved.

The app is not mandatory for students and staff, so they will have to opt-in to the system to use the features.

The Rave Guardian app is free and school officials hope it will be and up and ready in the next couple of weeks and introduce it at new student orientations this summer.

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