Whitman College Expands Its Commitment to Student Safety with DefenCall’s Campus StaySafe Smartphone Panic Button Solution
Smartphone app allows students to tap a button to make an emergency call to campus security and simultaneously send alert messages with their name, phone number and GPS location to designated recipients for improved response
July 23, 2013 – New Canaan, CT – Defentect Group, Inc. (OTC Pink: DFTC) a leading intelligent threat awareness firm, through its subsidiary DefenCall, Inc., today announced that Whitman College, located in Walla Walla, Washington, has deployed the Company’s Campus StaySafe™ smartphone panic button system.
Campus StaySafe is an app that runs on students’ and staffs’ smartphones and allows them to immediately contact campus security in an emergency. Tapping the panic button makes an immediate call to campus security and sends alert messages identifying the caller, their phone number and GPS location. This results in more effective response as security dispatchers and school officials have full information on the caller and their location at the time of the call.
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The Campus StaySafe app also offers a “Green Dot” social support feature that allows students to set up a network of friends that can be contacted by text message when non-emergency help is needed. This feature can keep situations from evolving into emergencies, for example defusing an awkward meeting with an “ex.” Additionally, Campus StaySafe for Whitman College includes links to safety information and campus safety programs.
“Whitman College has a strong commitment to the safety of our students and Campus StaySafe allows us to ensure improved communication from students to campus security in the event of an emergency,” said Charles Cleveland, Dean of Students of Whitman College. “The ‘green dot’ feature engages students to support each other to avoid potentially dangerous situations.”
“Whitman College is on the leading edge of using technology to keep students safe,” said James C. Ackerly, CEO of DefenCall. “Campus StaySafe lets Whitman use the smartphones that students already have as one more powerful tool in their campus safety toolbox.”
For more details on the functions and benefits of smartphone panic button systems, download DefenCall’s Guide to Inbound Emergency Alerting for Colleges & Universities white paper. This white paper outlines what smartphone panic button apps are, how they work, and why higher education facilities should consider them as part of their safety toolbox.
For more information on Campus StaySafe, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1 888 868 8386.
About Whitman College
Whitman is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian residential liberal arts and sciences undergraduate college, founded in 1882. Whitman College is renowned for combining academic excellence, an unpretentious Northwest culture, and an engaging community. The College enrolls 1,500 students from 45 states and 30 nations. Whitman is located in historic Walla Walla in the scenic southeastern corner of Washington, two-and-a-half hours from Spokane, four hours from Portland, and 4.5 hours from Seattle. Learn more at www.whitman.edu.
DefenCall, Inc. (www.defencall.com) provides solutions that enhance personal security by connecting community members with first responders and support networks through smartphone technology. DefenCall’s products include Campus StaySafe™, a smartphone-based mobile alerting panic button system which connects college students’ smartphones directly to campus security departments, K-12 StaySafe™, an alerting system that allows classroom teachers immediate emergency “panic button” access to their administration and local police, and Healthcare StaySafe, a smartphone personal duress button app for hospitals and healthcare facilities.
DefenCall, Inc. is a subsidiary of Defentect Group, Inc., an intelligent threat awareness firm that develops and markets IP radiation detection and sensor management systems. Defentect is committed to the discovery and deployment of advanced technologies for physical and homeland security.
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