August 20, 2014

Safety resources at your fingertips with new ASU LiveSafe app

Posted: August 20, 2014
screenshot of the ASU LiveSafe mobile app
ASU LiveSafe mobile app users can communicate anonymously with ASU Police in real-time via chat, pictures, audio and video.
Photo by: CFO Visual Communications

Smartphone users who download the free ASU LiveSafe mobile app can now report tips to the ASU Police Department, make emergency calls and perform other functions that improve their personal safety and security.

ASU LiveSafe mobile app users can communicate anonymously with ASU Police in real-time via chat, pictures, audio and video. During times of distress, a link with an accurate GPS location can be sent to alert a LiveSafe user’s personal emergency contacts.

Friends and family can also virtually walk an app user home. The app’s SafeWalk feature uses GPS-tagged monitoring to track an app user’s progress on a Web-based map. Once a user has reached his or her destination safely, the feature easily can be deactivated.

ASU joins schools in 16 other states and is the first university in the state of Arizona to launch a mobile app created by Virginia-based LiveSafe, which is co-founded by a Virginia Tech shooting survivor.

The LiveSafe app launch is an additional step that ASU is taking to improve the safe living, working and studying environment that the university community enjoys.

“At Arizona State University, we are committed to personal and public safety,” said Morgan R. Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer. “As a leading research university, it is logical that we would leverage emerging technology to continue to enhance our commitment. The university's goal with LiveSafe is simple; enable individuals to report emergencies and items of concern more easily and effectively by using their smartphones."

While phone calls and written reports will still be accepted and acted upon by ASU Police, LiveSafe users can report tips in new ways and with more accurate location information.

“Expanding communication lines with the campus community is critical for our department,” said Michael Thompson, acting ASU Chief of Police. “LiveSafe makes it easier for us to respond our community’s needs, which is paramount for promoting a safer environment.”

ASU launches the LiveSafe mobile app for all smartphone users, which includes ASU staff, faculty, parents and more than 76,000 students.

“LiveSafe is committed to making the world a safer place, and we are proud to partner with institutions like Arizona State University,” said LiveSafe President & CEO, Jenny Abramson. “Technology is breaking down barriers for students to take more ownership of their campuses, to actively look out for one another and to create a safer environment to get the most out of the college experience.”

The free ASU LiveSafe mobile app can be downloaded to smartphones via Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.

1. visit Apple iTunes or Google Play stores
2. search for LiveSafe
3. download the app to your mobile device
4. select Arizona State University

ASU LiveSafe mobile app features are also accessible through the Arizona State University mobile app, which is available at Apple ITunes and Google Play stores.

The ASU LiveSafe mobile app does not replace the ASU Alert and Advisory systems. ASU Police continue to use the ASU Alert and Advisory systems to expedite messages about campus emergencies and non-life threatening events via email, SMS messages, social media and RSS feeds. Visit this Web page to learn more about ASU Alert and Advisory and how to register now.

The ASU LiveSafe mobile app does not replace 911 emergency services or any communications with local police departments.

If you have questions about the ASU LiveSafe mobile app features and functions, please visit this Web page or send an email to this ASU address.

Media contact:

Sergeant Daniel Macias, daniel.macias@asu.edu
480.965.5754
ASU Police Department

Wendy Craft, wendy.craft@asu.edu
ASU Business and Finance