MRU launches new security app to increase safety for students
By Ryleigh Stangness, Staff Writer
This summer, MRU’s security oversaw a complete overhaul of a two-decade-old system, “replacing aging technology on campus with new safety equipment and technology that is more effective, easier to update and cheaper to operate.”
Not only was MRU security first to use the iCetana technology in Canada, but they are bridging gaps and reinforcing safety at MRU with a new app called MRU Now.
This security app, which can be found in Google Play for Android and iTunes for iOS users, is free to download.
MRU advertises that the app can alert “users to any safety concerns on campus and includes quick links for users to immediately get help or report a situation. It has features called Work Alone and Friend Walk, which lets you share your location with someone who can follow you in real-time as you work on campus or walk across campus.”
MRU Now uses MRU Bluelight, which allows users “to send their location to MRU security in real-time in case of an emergency and allows users to access Mobile BlueRequest 24/7 Safe Walk services. These are also features of nine newly implemented ‘Code Blues,’ or help stations, which were installed this past summer.
The app has 12 icons upon opening, offering options to call security, either by activating Emergency Mobile Bluelight, which sends your location to security, where you can either speak with security on the phone at the same time or you can call the non-emergency line.
The campus safety icon also directs you to crisis resources such as sexual violence response, human rights advising, crisis counseling and environmental health and safety. Other features include reporting tips, incidents, requesting SafeWalk, requesting push notifications for East or West residences, campus maps and health and wellness resources.
Among the notable features include Friend Walk, where you can notify a friend to watch over you as you head to your destination by sending them a link to click, which will bring them to a map they can track you in real-time.
“If you’re in a panic, hit the button to notify your friends and start an emergency call. If your friend disconnects, it will end the walk and give you the option to make an emergency call… just in case.”