Sacred Heart University rolls out new safety feature

Sacred Heart University has released a new phone application, SHU Safe, that enhances the security of its community members both on and off campus. This application is available for both iPhone and Android users and offers quicker access to emergency services, as well as other safety features.

The primary function of SHU Safe is to serve as an emergency communication tool between the university community and campus security. SHU Safe offers three major features — emergency call, iReports and safety check.

The emergency call feature allows users to access emergency services at the push of a button. The user can choose police, fire or EMS and will be immediately connected with campus security if on campus. If the user is not on campus the call will be routed to the 911 center of the town where he or she is located.

Campus security will be able to see the location of the caller anywhere on SHU property. As long as the phone is connected to the SHU wi-fi system, the location will show up and help will be sent.

The iReports feature, which may be used anonymously, allows users to report suspicious activity or call for help in non-emergency situations. The safety check feature allows for a check-in with someone in the user’s contact list.

“We have been working on this project for approximately six months with our vendor, 911 Cellular,” said Paul Healy, executive director of Public Safety at SHU. “We believe it is an excellent enhancement to the strong safety measures that are already in place.”

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