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RIT student has idea to transform security

Rochester, N.Y. -- A Rochester Institute of Technology students idea could transform security on college campuses.

It is a very simple idea, said Eric Irish, It did not take a genius to release and hopefully the genius of the idea itself will be seen at campuses across the country.

The mastermind behind the idea, Irish said he had his ah-ha moment as he walked past one of RITS emergency blue light phones.

Instead of going to a blue light on campus they can take out their phone, Irish said, Press the blue light and we have their location, their information and we can better respond to that.

To make emergency phones mobile, Irish created the mobile security application, CampusSafe.

The virtual blue light works like any other emergency phone on campus, except its mobile and calls can be traced to a persons exact location.

There is a dispatcher sitting over in public safety they get a little pop up on the map with your exact location, Irish said.

One click directly connects a person with a public safety officer on campus. So at this point, they're in a conversation with you, Irish said, They know where you are, they know who you are and even if you can't talk they can come respond.

Student Sarah Sibert said the app is much more practical and accessible than the emergency phones, I would probably use that much more than Id use a blue light.
While there are about 75 emergency blue light phones on RITs campus, they are only in certain locations and the app acts like a panic button in your pocket.

To know I can just have my phone rather than having to run to a blue light, I feel a lot safer, Sibert said.

Partnered with the RITs public safety department, Irish said TigerSafe is expected to launch this year. The mobile application operates on both Android and iOS platforms, available for students, faculty and parents to download for free.

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