Warning: Class is canceled

Robert Morris University, a private institution in western Pennsylvania, last month announced the availability of a new app that alerts students of nearby threats. The app, called Omnilert, is used by public and private facilities across the country — including also the University of Maryland — to detect active shooters, natural disasters and utility failures. At Robert Morris, the app includes a panic button to alert 911 or campus police, and it can also be customized by each user to set class reminders or alerts for class cancellations.

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He’s reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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