East Carolina University officially launched the LiveSafe mobile application yesterday as a part of a continuing effort to keep campus and the Greenville community a safer place for students and residents.
The app, available for Smartphones and tablets, offers two-way anonymous communication with campus safety representatives. Communication can be in the form of text messaging, video, audio or photos. Users can anonymously share their location with ECU police when witnessing a crime.
Another important feature of the application is SafeWalk. When activated, users can have family or friends virtually watch the user walk to their destination via GPS. Users on the other end can notify police if the other user goes off of the GPS path.
The app launched in demo mode in early Feb. with help from the ECU Student Government Association and the ECU Police Department. During the demo time of the application, ECU police officers were trained in the app and had time to learn through usage of the app.
“The app will help ensure the proper authorities are aware of the concerns and are making efforts to either correct or reinforce the programs and resources at ECU, “ said Lauren Gunter, continuity and emergency planner for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, at the time of the demo launch. “The app is only effective if the ECU community uses it.”
It can also connect users to various mental health and victim services.