We use our cell phone for everything, but what if they were a tool for us to use in an emergency? Director of emergency management at Virginia Tech, Michael Mulhere along with engineering students created the app VT Gemini. It is meant to help students if there is any type of emergency situation.
"If they have an app on their phone and a specific situation occurs it is just a push of a button they have the info they need at that moment in time," says Mulhere.
It allows the university to push information to users to avoid an area or take cover. And even when something isn't going on, it provides general safety information like, first aid. Soon VT Gemini will be one more way student can receive VT alerts.
"It is all about just in time making sure the individual has the best information should an emergency occur on the Blacksburg campus," says Mulhere.
VT Gemini isn't the only safety app hitting the stores. LiveSafe will launch in June, and will help you share information with police. Kristina Anderson is helping to develop the app. She was shot three times on Virginia Tech campus on April 16th. Because of that single tragic experience, she hopes LiveSafe can be useful in a similar situation, because you don't have to call police to tell them what is going on. You can text, send pictures, audio, or share your location, all without saying a word.
"Before they enter they have a sense what the situation and where they should focus their attention and can better dispatch people as well," says Anderson.
LiveSafe Website: http://www.livesafe.ly/