The University of Colorado Boulder Police and Emergency Management has provided a public safety smartphone application (app) called Lifeline Response. This safety app is available for FREE to faculty, staff and students while attending or employed at CU Boulder and has two features designed to provide the user with ways to call for help in case of an emergency.
The first is a button on the screen of the smartphone that allows the you to press and hold it when the you encounter a threatening situation. When the you lift your thumb from the screen, a timer begins counting down to allow you to disarm the alert before it is sent. If you do not disarm the alert, you are contacted by the LifeLine Response dispatch center who will validate the alert and call the police department with your location if needed.
The second feature is the ability to set a specific amount of time for a particular activity, such as walking home from class or going on a run. If you do not deactivate the app before the specific amount of time has expired, and alert will be triggered and LifeLine Response will attempt to contact you and validate the alert. If they are unable to make contact with you, Lifeline Response will contact the local police department and provide your last known location.
Finally, LifeLine Response to enter three or more “lifelines” in a user’s profile. These “lifelines” will be notified only when LifeLine Response determines the alert to be real and that your are in danger. At the same time LifeLine Response is calling the local police department, they are triggering an alert to your “lifelines” providing them with a notification of trouble, your last known location provided by your mobile phone, and contact information for your local police department for that “lifeline” to contact. If you enter your code after you realize that you triggered an alert inadvertently, the “lifelines” will get a second notification stating that you are safe.