Tulane and Everbridge Work Together on a Campus Safety Initiative
Everbridge, Inc., the global leader in critical event management and safety software applications, announced that Tulane University is the latest higher education institution to select Everbridge to power its campus safety initiative.
Tulane, one of the oldest and most prominent universities in the United States, joins prestigious schools such as Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, University of Maryland College Park, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Austin, Michigan State University, Washington State University, and Mississippi State University, in implementing Everbridge’s comprehensive critical event management technology.
Internationally, Everbridge has been deployed by such notable schools as Nord University in Norway, Technical University of Denmark, Imperial College London, and the American University of Paris.
Having transitioned their campus emergency notification capabilities to Everbridge, all Tulane students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in the system, said Donald Veals, Tulane’s emergency and preparedness response manager.
“When an emergency or threat is identified,” explained Veals, “the university’s emergency preparedness and response team can send out necessary information to the Tulane community using the mass notification capability within the Everbridge system and recommend the best course of action. Notifications will be sent via phone call, text message and email.”
Campus Safety awarded Everbridge the CS BEST Award to honor its technology that enables schools to quickly locate and communicate with students and employees during life-threatening events, empowering them to become partners in their own safety.
A key component of the Everbridge Critical Event Management platform is Safety Connection™, used by universities to provide a location-aware approach to physical security. This helps keep mobile, traveling, and study abroad students safe and informed when threats could impact their well-being.
The Safety Connection mobile app includes a virtual SOS button and “Safe Corridor” feature which allows students to notify campus officials when they need help, or to check in when they feel they are in a dangerous situation, like walking back to their dorm late at night.
Additionally, campus police can provide two-way communication to assist students in harm’s way, as well as unequaled situational awareness through threat intelligence feeds. When deployed, a school can aggregate that location data from multiple sources including building access controls and travel management systems to send notifications to students who might be in danger.
“Campus safety professionals have an increasingly complex and difficult job to do and we are committed to supporting their efforts,” said Everbridge CTO Imad Mouline. “Whether it is a criminal threat, severe weather, or campus fire, the ability to locate and communicate with students in real-time is crucial, and the task becomes even more challenging in our increasingly mobile world.”
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