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Date posted: 02/05/2007
After the events at Virginia Tech University in the US, in April, a major push at using wearable technologies and sensor webs to improve student safety has been underway.
One of the new systems is called Rave Guardian.
Rave Guardian uses a mobile phone?s GPS capability to track students. The system is voluntary, so if a student is going out, he or she sets a timer program running from their mobile. The program counts down till it hits zero, or the same phone cancels it.
If it is allowed to reach zero, and the phone does not send a signal to the campus network that everything is ok, then campus security is alerted, and the network sends a signal to the phone to broadcast it?s location loud and clear once every three minutes, so the student can be found. In addition, the student?s profile is flagged to campus security, so they can instantly see what the person looks like, and any vulnerabilities or special issues the person has.
In addition, in case a student has been shanghai?d from the campus, the user pops up on a Google map, with a radius of the entire breadth of the parent country.
To go one step further, Rave Campus, a compatible system, provides the ability for universities ? and civil authorities ? to GPS enable busses, so their locations can be tracked by security and students at all times, no matter where they wander.
Rodger Desai, president and CEO of the New York based company Rave Wireless stated "That way, you can save time and not wait for buses - but also, in terms of a safety point of view, if it's two o'clock in the morning and you're waiting for a bus, it's probably best if you know where the bus is before you wait outside alone."
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