Guest Post: The following article was contributed by Dean Correia. Based in Toronto, Dean is an Emeritus Faculty member of the Security Executive Council. Dean has had a career in operations and corporate security in Canada spanning more than 20 years, holding senior leadership roles with global brands GAP, Starbucks Coffee, and Walmart. At both Walmart Canada and Starbucks Coffee, he played a key role in the creation, development, and implementation of violence avoidance, auditing, and investigative programs which reduced risk to people and delivered millions of dollars to the bottom line.
Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Ensure that your vehicle is fueled and well maintained. Keep your cell phone charged at all times. Park in a well-lit area of the mall. Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. When shopping, protect your PIN. At home, secure presents in an obscure location. Use your deadbolt locks, lighting, and alarm accordingly. If you’re going away, ensure that family members do not publicize your absence on social media. Only tell those that need to know. Report suspicious activities, you never know who else in the neighbourhood has seen the same event.
Business owners – Does your schedule match the needs of your business? You should have at least 2 openers and 2 closers. The majority of robberies happen within the first and last 30 minutes of business. Change your cash handling and deposit practices to deal with the extra volume.
Taking a few prevention measures can help reduce the potential of becoming a victim and keep your holiday season joyous.
Within the self-sufficient model adhered to by most American institutions of higher learning, it falls on the university to replicate the basic health safety services otherwise provided by government, this is an integral part of the overall campus safety programs educational institutions normally provide.
Medical care is no exception.
Student health services are ubiquitous on campuses across the country. Many large universities have affiliated hospitals nearby, but even colleges, and universities without medical programs, are expected to provide some form of emergency care and/or transport.
Insurance policies protect schools from liability in all but cases of gross negligence, but effective medical emergency services are implicit in the basic trust any educational institution enters into with its students and their families.
Health Safety on Campus Varies Between Demographics
College and university students make up a highly specific subgroup of the general population. Medical conditions associated with more advanced age ranges are understandably sparse in the college setting, but the concentration of young people leads to much higher rates of other issues.
High levels of alcohol consumption and the various health problems it can lead to receive much of the media attention surrounding student health issues. Roughly four out of five college students consumes alcohol, 50% of which binge drink regularly (1). 600,000 students a year are badly injured in alcohol-related incidents, while 1,825 die from over-consumption or alcohol-induced accidents. An average four-year university with over 40,000 spends over $500,000 a year on alcohol-related medical costs alone.
Other, less-publicized issues can be just as troublesome. Suicides recently surpassed alcohol-related deaths as the leading cause of mortality in college students, with 6.48 suicides per 100,000 students annually. And 30% of college students display patterns associated with bulimia and anorexia, the most deadly mental health issue in America.
Dangerous illicit drug use has gone up as well among college students. Opioid use is 350% higher now than it was in 1993 (2). The use of tranquilizers, meanwhile, has gone up 450%. A new wave of popularity among amphetamine party drugs has led to recent high-publicized incidents, as well. In the fall 2013 semester, four New England college students overdosed on MDMA in a single week (3). Especially combined with alcohol, these drugs present distinct risks for students and complicated challenges for emergency response teams.
Addressing and Responding to Medical Emergency
Unfortunately, there is only so much a university can do from a top-down standpoint to impact campus culture.
Providing hotlines, support networks, information sessions, and educational resources remains the most effective measure schools can take to deal with their own unique set of medical emergency situations.
Some form of student responders service is available on most campuses, and access to these kinds of peer groups has been proven to increase student willingness to report a potential alcohol or drug related medical emergency.
For the same reasons, stricter disciplinary codes are generally discouraged by health experts, who say that weighing that the health safety of a friend against potential administrative punishment has led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths.
Amnesty programs like the one offered by the University of Texas – Austin, have been praised for encouraging students to use available emergency resources.
Shorter Response Time is Essential to Health Safety on Campus
In any medical emergency, but especially in the ones more likely to occur on a college campus than in other settings, response time is critical to successful care and treatment.
When substances are involved, the students calling in the emergency are likely to be under the influence as well. Getting responsible, informed responders to the scene in a timely fashion a drug or alcohol overdose can prevent fellow students from taking potentially harmful actions on their own.
Guardly’s emergency response technology has been shown in trials to reduce response time by 44% (4).
The ability to send and receive exact GPS location-based information, as well as detailed indoor floor plans, can help responders access a situation occurring inside a dorm complex or crowded party.
When external noise is an impeding factor, secure, instant messaging capabilities lets responders communicate with people on the scene.
And if a disoriented person is alone and sensing the onset of a dangerous incident, one-touch beacon alert capabilities increases the chance that an emergency response team can be notified.
(1) http://www.forbes.com/sites/collegeprose/2012/12/17/a-sober-assessment-of-high-risk-drinking-on-college-campuses/, David Skorton, 12/17/2012
(2) http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/20/10763816-college-binge-drinking-blackouts-cost-hundreds-of-thousands-a-year, Alex Johnson, 03/20/2012
(4) http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/PressReleases.aspx?articleid=477&zoneid=65, Lauren R. Duran
How do you build a safer community? What’s the best approach to keeping citizens out of harm’s way? Some argue adding more police officers will create a safer community; other argues that stricter punishments for committing crimes will act as a disincentive. While there is no clear-cut correct answer, one thing everyone can agree on is that a self-reporting, highly engaged community is a safer one. So the question begs, how do we build these types of communities?
With the advent of mobile technology—in particular smartphone usage—the current landscape is ripe for a more comprehensive approach to crime prevention. Using location-aware mobile technology to report crimes and communicate emergency information has many benefits for local communities, police and public safety departments.
Emergency Information Flow through Mobile Applications
First, an individual who takes advantage a mobile safety solution for emergency response can have their issues resolved in a more timely manner as first responders leverage location and profile information to arrive on scene faster and more prepared.
Secondly, a community (police and public safety departments) that takes advantage of an incident dashboard platform can now have many benefits accrue to their department. Over time, trends will start to reveal themselves about the types of crimes that occur and where they are occurring. Using both a heat-mapping tool with report tagging functions, police departments can uncover which areas of a community or city are more vulnerable than others and deploy the proper resources to ensure the trend comes to a halt.
Finally, citizens want to be engaged with the authorities of their community and be made aware of the latest emergency information. While having news reports and putting up flyers have become outdated, communities can now use mobile technologies to actively share and receive information. Mobile mass notification technologies have the ability to quickly and selectively target users based on location to inform them in real-time of crucial information that may be relevant to them. For example, police can disseminate an image of a suspect who is being sought in connection with a crime through that community safety tool. Additionally, those citizens can send replies back to their department to share any information they have, which can help to track and locate the person in question much faster.
Community Engagement is Crucial for Crime Prevention
Slowly but surely the realm of Public Safety is embracing new technologies to create safer communities, build community engagement and disseminate emergency information. Here at Guardly we are forging relationships with cities, communities, and crime prevention associations to help usher in the future, today.
If you want to learn more about how our mobile platform for emergency communications can help keep your community safe, feel free to drop us a note!
Every year students across the country lose millions of dollars in property to thefts, muggings and burglaries.
In 2012, the FBI reported close to 88,000 thefts in and around college campuses. The Independent Insurance Agency of America, on the other hand, records claims on roughly 100,000 property crimes per year, valued at $1,250 property loss per incident.
2,000 motor vehicles were reported stolen on college campuses last year, and bike theft, the most reported property crime on campuses, costs victims an average of $250 — a four-year student with a bike throughout college has a 53% chance of having it stolen before graduating. The burglary of laptops and other valuables from cars and dorm rooms, another prevalent form of property crime on campus, involve an average $3,000 in losses.
The most active types of property crime vary from campus to campus, as does the overall scope of the problem. On Amherst College’s secluded western Massachusetts campus, there was not a single robbery last year, and only 12 total burglaries. Meanwhile, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, close to $800,000 in stolen property in 2010 alone.
Property crime is an issue on any campus. Schools themselves lose millions of dollars as well in stolen property, including equipment and resources. The financial loss alone is enough to motivate action, and protecting students from the traumas of the predatory violent thefts that often target student populations is part of any school’s basic responsibility.
Trying to Solve the Property Loss Problem
Keeping students physically safe is a more immediate concern for schools than limiting property loss.
Creating a well-lit campus at night and maintaining a regular police presence are two basic tactics put to use by most campus security teams. Some form of late-night security escort service is also provided on most campuses, with some schools going to greater lengths to ensure safe conduct.
Tufts University, for example, provides a free shuttle service (1) from the main Medford campus to nearby Davis Square. At Trinity College in downtown Hartford, a similar nighttime bus (2) service is available by request to pick up students from virtually anywhere on campus.
Non-violent thefts are more prevalent than muggings, however, and more difficult to prevent, as fellow students are often the culprits. Certain innovative solutions have been successful at bringing down rates in some of the most common categories, though.
The University of Southern California is one of a number of schools to provide free laptop rental locks (3) at the school library, the location where most computer thefts occur on college campuses.
Schools like Winthrop University, Arizona University, Tulane University, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and the University of Texas – Austin are among those to see dramatic — in cases, over 80% (4) — reduction in bike thefts thanks to new “bait bike” GPS tracking programs.
Non-violent thefts are more prevalent than muggings, however, and more difficult to prevent, as fellow students are often the culprits. Certain innovative solutions have been successful at bringing down rates in some of the most common categories, though.
Stanford University is one of a number of schools to provide free laptop lock rentals at the school libraries, the location where most computer thefts occur on college campuses.
Schools like Winthrop University, Arizona University, Tulane University, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and the University of Texas – Austin are among those to see dramatic — in cases, over 80% — reduction in bike thefts thanks to new “bait bike” GPS tracking programs.
Property Crime Prevention by Leveraging Technology
As part of an emergency response system, a number of applications leveraging technology can help. As an example, Guardly’s mobile app and campus safety technologies are geared toward helping schools deal with the situations that require the most immediate attention, including violent and dangerous thefts.
Students phoning in robberies or suspicious behavior can expect 44% reductions in response times, precious minutes that can mean the difference in stopping burglaries and preventing muggings.
And silent beacon-tracking alert buttons help students who feel threatened bring security patrols to their exact locations immediately.
Once a robbery has taken place, the most important step for campus security is for students and staff to be notified immediately. Poor responses can lead to subsequent offenses or provoke student backlash, as was the case in a September 2013 incident at one major public university, in which students were not notified after a gun-point robbery, and another student was victimized some minutes later elsewhere on campus.
Guardly’s mass-messaging technology lets campus security teams send out media-rich, location-based notices directly to mobile devices, alerting the entire campus instantly once a dangerous incident has been reported, and allowing students to avoid problem areas.
In the case of cell-phone theft, which ranks behind bike and laptop thefts as the most prominent kind of property crime on college campuses, Guardly’s automatic real-time GPS tracking lets police investigate crimes immediately, apprehend suspects and recover stolen property.
http://www.collegeparents.org/members/resources/articles/parents-guide-insurance-college-students, Gus Lubin, 11/20/2012
2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/22/colleges-bait-bike-thieves/2351903/, Katey Psencik, 05/22/2012
According to a recent national survey of security stakeholders, only 1 in 4 universities are prepared for an active shooter scenario.
As difficult as it is to acknowledge, in many ways school mass shootings have become a regular part of American life. The extent to which these tragic incidents are covered in the media adds to this impression, however the statistics do support this as well. Today, more than ever before, educational leaders look to solutions to address this problem.
Since 2007, more than 220 people (1) have been killed in mass shootings, with countless more injured. Of the 12 deadliest gun incidents in the country’s history, the first of which took place in 1949 (2), half have occurred during the same time period. In 2013 alone, there have been six mass shootings across the country.
Universities, in particular, have reason to be concerned. 2007’s Virginia Tech Massacre, in which 32 people were killed and 17 injured by a single shooter, remains the deadliest shooting in United States history. Since then, there have been 10 shootings on university campuses, including the University of Alabama, Hampton University, Texas A&M, Coastal Carolina University and the University of Southern California. In 2012, five shootings took place within steps of a college campus, and three such incidents occurred in the first month of 2013 alone. In 2011, there were 1,400 on campus weapons violations (3) reported nationwide.
According to a recent national survey of security stakeholders, only one in four (4) universities are prepared for an active shooter scenario. 46& (5) of respondents claimed their universities were understaffed. 33% (6) said school security teams needed more weapons and weapons training. Schools are taking steps to improve their active shooter security, because it is the right thing to do. But also because the information is out there, and not being prepared is not an excuse when lives are at stake.
The impact on a school’s reputation can be similarly difficult to quantify and mitigate. Virginia Tech was brought to court on a negligence charge after the tragic 2007 shooting, and even though it was ultimately absolved of any legal liability, the mere association of such an incident with a university can have long-lasting consequences, and any suggestion of fault can be deeply harmful.
Active Shooter Threat Responses and Challenges
The national response by universities has been on par with the numerous threats posed by these scenarios.
Active shooter scenarios are now a prominent staple of student handbooks. Universities across the country rehashed their official response plans, and many provided additional trainings for their campus security staff.
Some states — including Florida, Michigan, Arizona and Texas — have taken measures to ensure concealed-carry licenses applied to their college campuses, with the intention of allowing students and staff to protect themselves in the event of an emergency.
A broader coalition of private and public university and college presidents came out in favor of zero-tolerance weapons bans on school grounds and tougher overall gun control measures.
But efforts to improve campus responses have also revealed some early holes in school readiness. Analysis from lockdown drills on campuses across the country have shown some recurring difficulties in preparing a campus for an active shooter scenario, the most prominent of which seems to be communication issues.
Studying the Virginia Tech shooting, experts agreed that mixed-messages from the administration, sent out by “blast” emails and other ineffective mediums, created confusion that ultimately contributed to the problem.
Potential Campus Security Solutions
According to FBI informational tools, the most important factor in addressing any active shooter scenario is that precise information be disseminated quickly and consistently. Instructions need to originate from a single, trustworthy source, to ensure a coordinated response.
Particularly in a situation where a shooter is moving from classroom to classroom, exact indoor coordinates can be a crucial resource to help security teams save lives. An example of a solution certain universities provide as a part of an overall school security plan is Guardly, which allows students to notify campus security or police immediately, providing them with the location-based information (including indoor tracking capabilities) they need to respond. Just as importantly, its mobile mass notification platform gives response teams the ability to spread detailed, media-rich, real-time instructions to as many as 500,000 mobile devices instantaneously.
A 44% reductions in response time can make large differences in a confined academic setting, where students and staff are clustered and vulnerable. It’s important that universities large and small look for products that offer the logistical capabilities necessary for well-trained security forces to control the situation.
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/17/college-campus-shootings_n_2492195.html, Tyler Kingkade, 01/17/2013
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/rachel-maddow-navy-yard-shooting_n_3940727.html, Katherine Fung, 09/17/2013
- http://www.educationviews.org/1-in-4-campus-police-not-prepared-to-handle-active-shooter/, 01/21/2013
- http://www.campussafetymagazine.com/Channel/Emergency-Management/Articles/2013/01/25-of-Campuses-Not-Prepared-to-Respond-to-Active-Shooters.aspx, Robin Gray, 01/02/2013
- http://www.campussafetymagazine.com/Channel/Public-Safety/Articles/2012/11/2012-Opinion-Survey-Results-Staffing-Pay-Morale.aspx?ref=Enews-20121128&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter, Robin Gray, 11/28/2012
- http://www.campussafetymagazine.com/Channel/Public-Safety/Articles/2012/12/CS-Survey-Part-2-42-of-Campus-Public-Safety-Departments.aspx, Robin Gray, 12/05/2012
Crime Prevention Association of Toronto Selects Best Available Mobile Safety Technology to Enable Community Users to Report Suspicious Activities with Their Smartphones
Toronto, Canada – November 12, 2013 – Guardly, a leader in mobile safety solutions and mobile mass notification system (MMNS) applications for enterprise, campus and community safety, announced that it was selected by the Crime Prevention Association of Toronto (CPAT) as its strategic partner to bring a next-generation, city-scale crime prevention and reporting platform to the City of Toronto. Guardly’s MMNS and inbound emergency alerting solutions were chosen by CPAT due to their high scalability and robust functionality to support this major financial and cultural center. This solution, powered by Guardly technology, will be rolled out as notifEYE mobile, a Neighborhood Watch project to improve civic engagement – particularly youth and diverse populations – and alignment with city police resources.
“We have conducted a thorough research and evaluation process to determine the best public safety technology solution in the market. Guardly mobile safety technology was the best choice,” said Jeff Paulin, President of CPAT. “As we continue to provide guidance on effective crime prevention, reporting and tracking strategies to our community, we focus on delivering networking opportunities that raise the level of community-involved security in crime-affected areas and encourage resource sharing and community cohesion. Guardly technology adds an important layer to our grassroots emergency communications and community infrastructure.”
Guardly’s MMNS goes beyond traditional mass notification capabilities which commonly leverage group-based distribution lists to notify recipients regardless of their location. Its technology infrastructure is highly scalable, capable of sending 500,000 alerts in just seconds and is more reliable than traditional SMS-based systems. Using this platform, community safety administrators and police forces are provided with a unique way to send location-targeted notifications to people located within specific geographic boundaries and buildings in real-time. Guardly’s MMNS delivers a two-way communication mechanism and improves threat intelligence for security operators by providing access to text messages and photos sent by community members related to active threats. The technology also helps with emergency preparedness planning and provides the ability for safety administrators to create and store notification and distribution profiles in advance, for later use when time is of the essence.
“We are thrilled to be selected by CPAT as the exclusive provider of mobile alerting and mass notification solutions to enhance community safety,” said Josh Sookman, Guardly chief executive officer. “As a Toronto-based company, we are excited to have the opportunity to share our continuous innovations with neighbours and local businesses in our home and work communities.” As most calls for assistance come from mobile phones today, notifEYE mobile will enable improved situational awareness and better communication between officials, community and/or private security teams, residents and businesses.
Ideally suited for cities, municipalities and communities, Guardly puts a “smart”, one-touch duress button onto the smartphones of each resident, enabling them to report emergencies more effectively. Other municipalities are also using Guardly technologies for lone and remote worker safety, enhancing the ability to alert and communicate with internal Security Operations Centers (SOCs). Its technologies can also be deployed by police forces and made available to the public for use as an addition or augmentation to traditional 911 emergency reporting. Visit Guardly at the Secured Cities event in Baltimore, MD from November 14-15 at booth #312 to learn how its mobile safety applications help to increase municipal security and city safety.
notifEYE mobile, powered by Guardly, will be available through subscription in the coming months. Subscribers will have access to expandable, detailed reports created through the back-end of the application. These reports will help forecast safety and security needs for multiple layers of government, law enforcement, social-service agencies, businesses and residents. As Guardly mobile safety technology has proven to reduce response times by up to 44 percent and provide significant savings to the security teams, it will serve as strategic integral part of Toronto efforts to prevent crime and create a more cohesive, safer community.
Guardly provides mobile safety and security solutions for large enterprises, campuses, cities and countries. Leveraging the latest cloud, mobile, indoor-positioning and real-time technologies, Guardly is radically improving traditional emergency notification, communication and management. With over 70% of all emergency calls now arising from mobile phones, more emergency response teams rely on Guardly’s modern infrastructure to better manage inbound calls for help from mobile devices. Guardly mobile safety applications on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry act as personal emergency phones that broadcast GPS and indoor location, profile and identity, and support two-way communication with security operators and authorities. For Security Operations Centers (SOCs), Guardly provides an integrated platform for incident monitoring and response, helping security operators make faster and more effective decisions. For the 10% of emergency calls that are non-responsive, Guardly’s industry-leading Indoor Positioning System (IPS) can transmit the building, floor and room location of an emergency caller to security operators and help them find these callers in minutes, not hours. Guardly’s Mobile Mass Notification System sends 500,000 geo-targeted notifications in seconds, utilizing unique messaging protocols for higher reliability, performance and interaction. More information about Guardly is available at: https://www.guardly.com.
Press release posted originally on PRWeb.
For years, sexual harassment has been the untold crime of college and university campuses. As early as 1990, studies began to track the disturbing prevalence of sexual abuse directed at university women: over the course of a four-year undergraduate education, 25% of female students will experience some form of sexual assault or another.
50% of cases are alcohol-related, but abuse comes in many packages. And while campus bulletins often warn against the anonymous outsiders who roam college campuses exposing themselves to or groping women, 90% of all assault victims know their perpetrators.
Not only has the rate of overall harassment remained essentially constant in numerous nationwide studies conducted during the past two decades, but even today, more than half of all instances of sexual abuse on campus go unreported to college officials, with as much as 94% of rapes going unreported to campus police, and less than 5% of other sexual crimes reaching the legal authorities.
Recently, with major lawsuits launched against universities across the country — 34 lawsuits have been filed against schools from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to Yale University in Hartford, Connecticut — and 2013’s Violence Against Women Act strengthening sexual-crime related TItle IX penalties, schools are beginning to take more aggressive steps to improve sexual security on campus and change the inefficient, bureaucratic nature of traditional responses.
Sexual Harassment Prevention Today
Some administrations, such as those at Duke University, Swathmore College and Southern Methodist University have adjusted their statutes: toughening disciplinary measures and lowered the burden of proof for victims. Others, such as Princeton University, have begun administering annual “climate” surveys to gather more accurate data. The greater Ivy League, moreover, has almost unanimously instituted “affirmative consent” policies for sexual interaction, erasing the grey areas presented in the prior “sufficiently convinced” standards.
This year, the Georgetown University Law Center took a more proactive approach, and hosted a national summit on sexual assault in the university setting, to draw awareness to the various issues and discuss possible solutions.
On most major university campuses, educational resources are being made increasingly available, and in schools like Tufts University and the University of Michigan, some form of mandatory workshop or awareness training is held during student matriculation periods.
Funding for services geared toward victims has also seen spikes, with new staff positions being created to attend specifically to sex-related incidents and campus sexual security.
Other initiatives have been come from an activist level. Women’s organizations on many individual campuses have created hotlines, counseling services and information drives, or pushed for top-down administrative reforms. Other movements have focused on establishing national information-collection standards and educational policies.
Sexual Harassment and Technology
Similar to every facet of college social interaction, sexual harassment has become digitized, in ways that are sometimes troubling, and other times greatly encouraging.
Social media sites and cell phone messaging has given new platforms for certain forms of harassment. And the ambiguity of digital communication, which lacks the physical and tonal cues involved in face-to-face interaction, has made identifying aggressive, inappropriate behavior more complicated for victims and authorities.
At the same time, online forums offer new and anonymous support systems, and the general growth of the internet means information on sexual harassment (whether how to prevent, define, or deal with a problem) is more readily available than ever before.
Guardly Mobile Apps Help to Protect College Campuses
Guardly’s emergency response technology anticipates the methods other, more focused apps use to deal with the issue.
Studies have indicated one prominent reason for low report rates of sexual harassment is the perception that public forces cannot react effectively. It’s possible that more immediate response systems, like the one offered on the Guardly network, could alter that general sense of helplessness, and in emergency situations, the benefits of targeted response are clear.
For campus security and police teams in particular, heightened connectivity with the student body and faculty would improve campus alert systems already in place in many universities, which typically rely on basic text capabilities to update students on sexual assault incidents around campus, and lack detailed, media-rich, real-time information.
Students could also use non-emergency alerts to seek help from friends, with indoor location technology allowing for more effective support than basic texting, in the confused, often hectic party settings where a significant part of incidents occur.
Location accuracy is huge for us here at Guardly. We are constantly working to improve the location detection services on all the smartphone platforms. We of course, employ some proprietary methods to track location (Guardly IPS) during an incident using our mobile apps, but we also are able to leverage the powerful location tracking technologies offered by Google and Apple.
More Access to Advanced Technology with Google Play Services
It’s no secret that Google is one of the top players in the world with respect to location technology, both mapping and smartphone location tracking. Now, with the release of Google Play services for the Android platform, we have access to even more of Google’s advanced technology at our fingertips. Android location services are getting better from both a performance and latency standpoint, as well as from an availability standpoint. Before the release of Google Play services, if Google updated its location technologies, it was up to the mobile app developer to incorporate the new technologies and then push an update to the store. But now, when a mobile location app is uploaded to the Google Play store that is packaged with the Google Play services APK; the app developer, from that point on, is not required to push a new update in order to take advantage of new Google location technology. The location services will be updated by Google as the technology advances; the app update is not required, and more importantly, the end-user is not required to download the app update in order to reap the benefits.
New Features Improve Mobile Apps Quality
Aside from the obvious performance and accuracy benefits to the mobile app’s end-users, here’s a less obvious feature: the new Google Play services Location API is not only more powerful (more geo-location data, sources, and algorithms) but also more efficient (less taxing on the battery). It is also a simpler, and more intuitive experience for the app developer. Substantially less code is required to achieve the same functions that were available in the old Location API. So why is this a benefit to end-users? Fewer lines of code means fewer potential errors (or bugs) introduced by the app developer. Not only has my job gotten easier as a developer, but we are killing two birds with one stone by simultaneously improving our product for our users!
Sharma Sets Course to Handle Increasing Demand for Enterprise Mobile Safety Solutions
Toronto, Canada – October 17, 2013 – Guardly, a leader in mobile safety solutions for enterprise, campus and community safety, announced that Bobby Sharma has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. Sharma is responsible for all global sales functions for the company. As Guardly sees demand for its solutions expand into new verticals and geographical markets, the addition of proven sales leadership will aim to maximize growth for the company.
“Bobby is a phenomenal addition to the executive team and brings years of experience in rapidly growing enterprise software sales in the public safety market,” said Josh Sookman, Guardly chief executive officer. “We are tremendously excited about Bobby’s plans for building our sales organization, managing high-performing sales channels and expanding our sales footprint in new and established markets.”
“I am thrilled to join the Guardly team,” Sharma said. “Having previously worked at two successful startups in the public safety market, I believe the company has developed a winning combination of technologies that solves real problems and aligns with customer needs. It also excites me to have the opportunity to work, contribute and shape the future of the company with such a smart, creative and passionate group of people.”
With over twelve years of enterprise software sales experience, Sharma brings proven track record of success in global technology sales. Bobby gained formative experience while at IBM and Salesforce.com. This large enterprise experience and training positioned him well for success in the enterprise software market. Bobby also spent five years working for impressive startups in the public safety and emergency communications industry. His most recent startup experience was leading the sales team in North America for Wallace Wireless, which was acquired by Vocera Communications. Prior to Wallace, Bobby helped drive the growth of ZOLL Medical software solutions into the North American public safety market, leading to its eventual acquisition by Asahi Kasei. In the course of his career, Bobby has accrued extensive experience with dispatcher software, emergency communications hardware and devices, emergency preparedness plans and city safety and municipal security needs. Bobby holds a B.S. degree from Daemen College.
Visit Guardly at IACP 2013 in Philadelphia, PA from October 20-22 at booth #1031 to learn how mobile safety applications help to increase municipal security and city safety. Also, Guardly will be showcasing mobile solutions for secure cities and community safety at Secured Cities event in Baltimore, MD from November 14-15 at booth #312.
Guardly provides mobile safety and security solutions for large enterprises, campuses, cities and countries. Leveraging the latest cloud, mobile, indoor-positioning and real-time technologies, Guardly is radically improving traditional emergency notification, communication and management. With over 70% of all emergency calls now arising from mobile phones, more emergency response teams rely on Guardly’s modern infrastructure to better manage inbound calls for help from mobile devices. Guardly mobile safety applications on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry act as personal emergency phones that broadcast GPS and indoor location, profile and identity, and support two-way communication with security operators and authorities. For Security Operations Centers (SOCs), Guardly provides an integrated platform for incident monitoring and response, helping security operators make faster and more effective decisions. For the 10% of emergency calls that are non-responsive and non-communicative, Guardly’s industry-leading Indoor Positioning System (IPS) can transmit the building, floor and room-level location of an emergency caller to security operators instantly and help them find these callers in minutes, not hours. More information about Guardly is available at: https://www.guardly.com.
Press release originally posted on PRWeb.
PPM 2000 And Guardly Announce Improved Real-time Data Systems Integration For Monitoring And Responding To Active Threats
Joint whitepaper on how smartphones enhance real-time threat assessment is now available
PPM 2000 and Guardly today announced an updated integration between Perspective V.4.0 by PPM™ and Guardly Command™ that provides command center operators with more actionable data in the first few seconds of an emergency event and real-time communication tools that enhance information gathering from emergency callers by operators. This improved situational awareness allows operators to make key decisions faster and more effectively, better manage resources and assets, and ultimately improve business resiliency and risk mitigation for their customers.
“The new addition to our V.4.0 release adds a level of integration that allows for complete interaction and true situational awareness from a Guardly-triggered inbound emergency alert,” says Brian McIlravey, CPP, Co-CEO of PPM. “Any notes added by command center personnel in either system during an event are automatically synced, so no matter what interface you are in, you have the most up-to-date information. This is the way command center apps are meant to work together.”
PPM and Guardly also announced today the release of their new whitepaper entitled “How Smartphones Enhance Real-Time Threat Assessment.” The whitepaper provides a primer for the evolution of smartphones, threat assessment, and how vendor systems can work together synergistically to provide enhanced value to end-users. Request a copy of the whitepaper here.
The integration between PPM and Guardly represents one of the first commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) integrations directly linking a leading Incident Management system with mobile safety apps designed for enterprise-wide distribution and scale. When configured for a customer, Guardly-initiated alerts trigger pre-categorized alerts in Perspective’s dispatching component for easy discovery, review, and action. Over the course of the incident, all data captured in the Guardly system—such as real-time GPS and indoor location updates, instant message communications, and private notes recorded by operators—will be synchronized with Perspective for future incident investigation and analysis.
“The value of our work relies on how beneficial our products and services are for our customers,” says Josh Sookman, Guardly founder and chief executive officer. “Our technology partnership with PPM enhances our capabilities for helping customers to protect those in their duty of care and recognize and respond to threats faster, and more appropriately. This common vision will also help our customers to maximize the value of their current investments in infrastructure.”
PPM and Guardly are both exhibiting at the ASIS 2013 conference. Visit PPM at Booth #919, and visit Guardly at the Ontario Pavilion Booth #283.
Guardly provides mobile safety apps and cloud infrastructure for enterprise and public safety. Guardly Command™ is a real-time platform for emergency incident monitoring, management, communication and response, and helps security operations teams make faster and more effective decisions during emergencies. Guardly mobile safety applications available on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Phone act as personal emergency phones that broadcast real-time outdoor / indoor location, profile and identity, and support two-way communication with security operations, authorities and personal safety contacts. Guardly’s industry-leading Indoor Positioning System(IPS) provides security operators with building, floor and room-level location data within 5 seconds of triggering an alert from its safety apps. Guardly is committed to improving emergency response and communication. More information about Guardly is available at: https://www.guardly.com.
About PPM 2000 Inc.:
PPM helps organizations meet their risk, performance, and intelligence objectives with Incident Management solutions that leverage technology and process for a powerful knowledge base. Perspective by PPM is an end-to-end software solution for responding to, reporting on, and analyzing enterprise security events—from dispatches to activities, incidents to investigations. Users intelligently action and query their data to manage resources, make informed decisions, and prevent incidents. Perspective is highly customizable and can be configured for a single location or implemented worldwide, dedicated to corporate security or expanded across multiple departments. With the ability to integrate to any application, Perspective is an essential part of an organization’s Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) initiatives. Since 1988, thousands of organizations have chosen PPM, and the company’s clients span all industries and the Fortune500. When you think ‘Incident Management’—think PPM. For more information, please visit http://www.ppm2000.com. Follow PPM on Twitter: @PPM_2000. Visit the PPM blog: http://www.ppm2000.com/blog.
Press release originally posted on PRWeb.
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