Quincy University in Illinois has rolled out a campus security system that lets subscribers summon help in emergency situations by pressing a single button on their cell phones.
Once pressed, a call is placed to the security company that monitors the calls, which will use GPS technology to pinpoint the person’s exact location. A representative will listen as the incident unfolds and verify if an actual emergency is taking place. The representative can then call 911 and provide local emergency officials with the person’s location, a photo of the individual and a list of any medical conditions the person may have.
The new system already is up and running. Students, faculty and staff will be invited to start using it once classes resume in August.
The system works by installing a special app on any iPhone, Android or Blackberry smart phone. When a person wants to activate the system he calls up the app, and a large button appears in the center of the smartphone’s touch-sensitive screen.
Students, staff and faculty members must pay a subscription fee of about $120 a year, to use the system.
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