May 15, 2015
ARLINGTON, Va.–(PRWEB)–MAY 15, 2015 On 4/21/2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded patent #9014660 to LiveSafe, Inc., a northern Virginia technology startup, for its pioneering smartphone app and Command Dashboard that enables police and security officers to receive anonymous texts, photos, audio and video, tagged with geo-location data, directly from citizens.
Launched by an assault victim and a Virginia Tech shooting survivor in 2013, LiveSafe was bolstered in 2014 by $6.5 million from investors and the addition of IAC Chairman Barry Diller to its Board of Directors.
In its primary market, the technology has quickly emerged as the nation’s go-to mobile app for campus safety by enhancing emergency communication on college campuses and encouraging students to send crime tips to safety officials. More than 750,000 college students in 24 states now have access to the technology, from public giants, like Arizona State and the University of Kentucky, to private institutions, such as Georgetown University and Pomona College. Additionally, sports arenas like the Palace at Auburn Hills and corporate campuses have begun rolling out LiveSafe to both fans and employees.
“LiveSafe is disrupting traditional means of communication with police by turning anyone with a smartphone into a force multiplier for public safety,” said LiveSafe Founder Shy Pahlevani. “Our technology is sparking a two-way culture change: police are adapting to how smartphone users prefer to communicate and citizens are reimagining their roles in preventing crime. The ease of use and option of anonymity are giving security officials access to thousands of tips they never got before.”
The app’s users send police and security officials tips and reports on crimes in progress, suspicious activity, mental health concerns, thefts, accidents, arson, vandalism, harassment, sexual assaults, disorderly conduct and other safety threats. User-submitted photos, videos and audio files help officers rapidly respond to, prevent and solve more crimes.
- Georgetown University police made a quick arrest after a student foiled a flasher by silently texting for help, without alerting the nearby man by phoning.
- Using LiveSafe, West Virginia University pursued tips about fires and other civil disturbances after football games and improved communication capabilities with their regional dispatch center.
- Northern Virginia Community College police saved a life through rapid response to a tip on a student in acute mental distress.
Here is a short video from Arizona State University on how students use LiveSafe (1:17): https://vimeo.com/121416961
LiveSafe partners access tips through the Command Dashboard, a cloud-based interface that offers public safety officers, law enforcement and emergency responders the ability to monitor activity and communicate with users. They also receive a robust set of analytics to help determine how to structure crime prevention strategies and best deploy resources.
People use the app’s SafeWalk™ feature, a virtual buddy system that connects someone walking alone with family or friends who watch their progress on a map and summon help in an emergency. Families use SafeWalk to give independence to tweens on special occasions, such as Halloween trick or treating. It is also popular with college students. The University of Southern California adopted LiveSafe, in part, to address random street violence that killed a graduate student who was mugged while walking alone at night and died of his injuries before anyone knew he was hurt.