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New RIT safety app

Henrietta, N.Y.- The Rochester Institute of Technology is offering a free app to help make college campuses safer.

The new TigerSafe app was developed by CampusSafe LLC, founded by RIT student Eric Irish.

It allows campus users to connect with RIT Public Safety officers, turning any smartphone into a virtual blue light security phone. It features voice and text capabilities, GPS location tracking and reporting services.

The app is now available to download for free on Android and Apple iOS devices. RIT community members can sign into the app using their university usernameno separate account needs to be created.

There are three main tabs:
Inform allows access to Public Safetys general and emergency response phone numbers, other important RIT phone numbers and safety tips.
Report allows users to report the need for jumpstarts, noise complaints, escorts and lockouts without having to call Public Safety. Reports show dispatchers the users GPS location.
Assist offers a virtual blue light button that a user can press in the event that they feel unsafe on campus. This reports the users location, contact details and information to Public Safety communications officers.

After pressing the button, Public Safety is dialed to continue the conversation via telephone or text message and aid in response.

RIT is the first university to purchase the app and we already have several other colleges interested, said Irish, who earned an information technology degree from RIT in 2012. We plan to individualize the app for each campus and to continue adding features as new ideas develop.

To get the app visit the Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device.

 
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