CSU activates new iBeacon technology to aid student safety

CSU activates new iBeacon technology to aid student safety
(Source: Columbus State University)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus State University is teaming up with Piper Networks to create another way to keeps students safe on campus.

The new wireless Bluetooth beacon (available for iOS and Android devices) will allow students to report safety concerns and suspicious behavior. They will be able to easily access CSU police directly or through text with their accurate location data based on the nearest iBeacon's number.

Interim chief of University Police, Mark Lott, says, "The Safe Campus program provides an easy way for officials to accurately and quickly dispatch assistance to the student, even if the student is not sure of their exact location."

CSU is joining Columbus' Safe City program, which uses a similar public safety solution from Piper. Columbus recently became the world's most popular fully deployed iBeacon city with over 1,250 beacons and over 85 businesses and organizations.

"The city of Columbus, GA and CSU campuses have so much to offer students, visitors, and citizens," said Robert Hanczor, Piper's CEO. "Piper allows them to not only have a safer and more enhanced experience in real-time throughout the city, but the 'History' feature of the app means they can relive their experience at the end of the day by seeing what all they came into contact with and what they didn't realize they missed."

Mark Lott says, "This technology is another layer that we can add onto the many things we undertake on a daily basis to help our students and employees feel safe."

Click here to download the app.

Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved.