New safety app now available to LSU community
BATON ROUGE - LSU launched a new app Tuesday designed to make the task of reporting emergencies or crimes easier for students, staff and faculty of the university.
LSU Shield, available for free on both Android and iOS operating systems, will make reporting emergencies with more timely and accurate information to authorities an easier task for the campus community.
The app is joint venture between the LSU Police Department, LSU Student Government and 911 Cellular LLC with hopes of keeping Tiger staff and students safe while on campus.
LSU Shield offers superior functionality to the basic emergency call feature available on nearly all smartphones as it provides location-based data to law enforcement and emergency responders.
The app's "Safety Beacon" feature allows someone to enter a location when they are headed there along with an estimated time of arrival. When the estimated time is reached, the app will prompt the user to enter a PIN number, if the number is not entered the app will send text messages to the user's designated emergency contacts. This feature is bundled with a "Check In" feature that allows users to notify their contacts of their location and that they have arrived safely.
Functionality that allows for the reporting of non-emergency incidents on campus including vandalism, suspicious persons and theft rounds out a full-featured safety application that LSU Police say will increase the timeliness and accuracy of reporting incidents.