LifeLine Response plans to make its debut at ASU in a couple of weeks
An advanced and modern way for students to stay safe
Published: Friday, January 25, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 15:01
After months of existence, University Police prepares to launch a phone application that will ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.
ASU will be the first university in the country to deploy the LifeLine EDU safety app, University Police Chief James Adams said.
Peter Cahill, creator of LifeLine Response, has worked on this project for two years and the result of his work is an iPhone and Android safety application available to the public.
“I have had a series of personal events happen in my life, and I didn’t want those events to continue to happen,” Cahill said. “Nine months into development, I knew that this was something we had to get to the market quick.”
LifeLine Response was put on the market in August of 2012 and was created to specifically prevent sexual assaults, abduction and rape from occurring, while simultaneously alerting the authorities as well as alerting friends and family of the user.
“I asked myself, ‘What if there was a way I could stop [sexual assaults, attacks, etc.]?’ Not just reduce it but eliminate it completely,” Cahill said. “This app is strictly for someone who wants to be proactive about their safety.”
There are two versions of the app, Cahill said. LifeLine Response is available to private citizens and LifeLine EDU is free and marketed for the education field, but both apps do the same thing.
“LifeLine Response seems like a great way to keep yourself safe,” freshman Brittni Villarreal said. “Students have to be careful when they are walking around and this phone app will help to keep them safe.”
In a scenario, if someone is walking back to their dorm from the library, before they leave they would initiate LifeLine Response, Cahill said. The user would have to insert their specific code and place their thumb anywhere on the phone screen.
If an attacker comes, the user will drop their phone; just as a natural impulse. Within a tenth of a millisecond, the user’s information is sent to the call center.
“Our call center calls you and asks if you are hurt, etc.,” Cahill said. “They will deploy the police unless you give them the correct disarm code. If the attacker is right next to you and you are not able to say you are in trouble then you can say your silent trigger, which is a number up from your actual code. That code immediately alerts the response center that you are in danger and they will deploy the police.”
Adams first heard about LifeLine Response last summer and, has been working with the company for about a year as they developed the product.
“We were involved in the Beta testing that way we could see for sure how the app functioned the way the company said it would,” Adams said. “When it was all said and done, the app functioned like the company claimed.”
University Police is planning to get a call center located at the police department, Adams said.
“We will be monitoring the students’ safety regardless of where they are,” Adams said. “A student could go home to Austin, Dallas, Houston, etc. and if they have an emergency, the app could work right there.”
Before anyone tries to download the app, Adams said he encourages people to go look watch the video on the LifeLine Response website.
“If you watch the video and think that the app is not for you, then don’t download it because we are paying for every license,” Adams said. “For those who are going to use the app then we encourage people to use it.”
The LifeLine Response company is not going to the education field as a profit, but instead trying to help keep students safe, Cahill said.
“We are starting to deploy the app on other campuses,” Cahill said. “We want to make this economically affordable across the table.”
Cahill said, James Adams is way ahead of his time, as he has been working close with the app and the company.
“Chief Adams is an exceptional chief,” Cahill said. “The faculty and staff are so lucky to have someone so dedicated to their profession.”
Although the app is not ready to be downloaded, 30 people have already tried, Adams said.
“This is just a trial and it is interesting there is already that kind of response,” Adams said. “It is good we have at least 30 people trying to get the app.”
For more information about the app, and to watch the video about the app, check out www.llresponse.com.