A team of researchers at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, N.C., is testing several technologies for their possible use in creating a network of personal alert devices to help keep students safe.

Last year, two University of North Carolina (UNC)-Wilmington students were murdered. Now, Barry DuVall and his staff at ECU's Center for Wireless and Mobile Computing spend their days building portable safety alert systems on trash cans, mounting wired poles in the yard, and testing cell phones with panic buttons.

Their mission: Find a way to make personal alert devices work


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