SafeVU, which initially launched in 2015, expired this summer season and has been changed by VandySafe, an app that accommodates new options primarily based on enter from numerous departments on campus. One of many main additions is a Digital Walkhome choice, which permits customers to share their location with a dispatch officer who can then observe their stroll house and guarantee secure arrival. Jessamyn Davis, Program Supervisor of the Workplace of Emergency Preparedness, was concerned with the creation of VandySafe and highlighted the benefit and utility of the Digital Walkhome.
“Dispatch is principally simply watching a bit dot on a map transferring,” Davis stated. “It’s not a Facetime factor; they don’t see you and so they see your data solely to make use of in case you want it in an emergency.”
As soon as the consumer has reached their vacation spot, they merely point out “secure arrival” on the app and their location stops being shared with dispatch. There’s additionally a function within the app for Buddy Watch, which permits a good friend to watch the consumer’s location as an alternative of a dispatch officer.
Most of the authentic options of SafeVU will also be discovered within the new app, reminiscent of emergency name and chat choices. Along with new location sharing elements, VandySafe additionally accommodates maps of Vandy Vans, a campus map, a metro crime map, evacuation maps for residence halls and details about assist assets reminiscent of Venture Protected.
“We need to make a product that’s only for our neighborhood members, so everybody between college students, school, workers, in addition to the Medical Middle. We wish one thing that’s only for you guys,” Davis stated.
SafeVU had occasional technological glitches, and the choice was finally made to seek for one other vendor for a brand new security app. On account of problem buying trademarking rights to the title SafeVU, the app was renamed VandySafe and made into a brand new app reasonably than an replace to the outdated model.
On account of this, college students who need entry to the brand new options should obtain VandySafe as a result of they gained’t be obtainable on SafeVU. Whereas emergency calling will nonetheless work on the outdated model of the app, dispatch will now not monitor the chat operate. The complete extent of latest assets may be utilized solely with VandySafe.
Davis encourages customers to register once they obtain the app, which includes making a password and inputting a reputation and cellphone quantity. With this data, VUPD is ready to entry extra details about the consumer throughout emergency conditions.
“We are able to use that data to search out out extra about you if we have to,” Davis stated. “A cellphone quantity is admittedly vital in case you cling up otherwise you’re not ready to make use of the app after which we will name you again in your cellphone, and we use your first and final title to search out out extra data by way of our database.”
VandySafe already has greater than 1,400 customers and will increase in downloads every single day. On the finish of SafeVU’s three yr existence, there have been a complete of 6,665 customers. As VandySafe continues to develop, Davis encourages pupil suggestions concerning the app and any alternatives for potential new options customers could determine.
“I would like college students to know that their security is our precedence and that they will attain out to us always for something,” Davis stated.