Student safety on campus has long fallen to university police departments, security guards, blue lights and traditional 911 emergency services. But one company is attempting to put all these resources on to a student’s smart phone.
TapShield provides an app tailored to college campuses and global enterprises that magnifies public safety data and improves emergency and crime detection.
The set up
When a user launches the app for the first time, they are prompted to enroll and provide pertinent emergency information that could help police or emergency responders – allergies, medications taken or other pre-existing conditions. The full list of voluntary profile information includes height, weight, hair color, picture and medical details. All information is optional and is then stored locally on the user’s device and only shared with emergency personnel upon triggering an alert.
The app leverages geo-fencing technology, which enables a TapShield client – a university, for example – to establish a coverage area for its students, faculty and staff to use the app. A geofence is a virtual perimeter of a real-world geographical area that is configured to include a set of boundaries, a campus for example.
TapShield works with its clients to define the boundaries and coverage area that will best suit each environment. Using GPS tracking, TapShield can then pinpoint the real-time location of a user as well as whether they are within the geo-fenced boundaries.