PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Brown University launches a new service that's turning cellphones into mobile panic buttons.
The system, called 'Rave Guardian" lets students and staffprogram a single button on their phone which will instantly alertcampus police about an emergency, and also provide them withimportant information about the caller, including their name andphoto.
"I think it's amazing that Brown is offering that to people,"says Sara Luxenberg, a Brown University junior.
"If something were to happen to you, you don't have the time tomake a 911 call and explain what's going on and explain where youare. Sometimes you really do just need the touch of abutton."
The service also includes a precautionary timer, which allowsusers to activate a timer before walking on campus, then deactivateit when they arrive at their destination. If the timer is notdeactivated, campus police will call the user to make sure they'reOK.
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