The massacre made her increasingly aware of campus safety issues, and five years later, she became the co-founder of a smartphone application that she hopes will help curb threats to students on campuses.
The application, called LiveSafe , is just one example of how mobile technology is changing the way university campuses monitor safety — and UNC is working on developing its own safety app separate from emergency alert system Alert Carolina.
Anderson said most people on college campuses have smartphones, which makes cell phones the most logical means of communication with police.
“It’s kind of the next phase of safety,” she said.
The UNC Department of Public Safety is looking into converting a current program, Rave Guardian, into an app, said Randy Young, spokesman for DPS.
The program provides a virtual escort, which a student can activate when crossing campus after dark. Young said the student has to deactivate it upon arrival at their residence or an officer will call that phone to follow up.
On Sunday, an armed man brandished a knife at a student near the Pit and sent campus into a lockdown, but Young said the Rave Guardian application would not have helped in that situation.
Students had taken to Twitter and Facebook to share information about the incident, and Young said DPS encourages the use of social media.