By Joann Fan
Most people are familiar with Stony Brook University’s Blue light phones, a direct connection to campus police that a student can use in case of an emergency. Blue lights are placed at over 100 locations on campus. Beginning this Fall 2011, the university has teamed up with Rave Mobile Security to bring you the SB Guardian, which has been advertised as a “Blue Light in your pocket.”
Once registered on the site (comprehensive directions here), you will be able to register your phone and program a one-touch speed dial option into it that will put you directly in contact with university police. If contacted, campus police will be able to track your location through your cellphone and come to your aid.
For anyone who’s afraid of running into an accident between destinations on campus (particularly useful when traveling around during the deserted hours of the early morning), a precautionary timer mode allows you to program a timer coinciding with travel time.
The user will receive a text message three minutes before the expiration time, a call one minute before, and if he or she does not deactivate the timer with their PIN, Guardian will automatically trigger a call to university police. The program should work with just about any phone and carrier.
In the case of a user being forced to deactivate the timer, he or she can enter a number one digit higher than their PIN. If the PIN is 1234, for instance, and the user enters 1235, Guardian appears to shut down normally but actually triggers a call to university police. For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
What is hopefully an unncessary precaution may turn out to be a useful tool for better safety on campus.