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USA Today: Walking alone on campus?

As campus safety continues to spark national conversation, universities are looking to mobile technology to halt campus crime and promote student safety. The University of Florida has recently followed suit, adopting a campus safety app that uses crowd-sourcing to do just that.

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Gartner: TapShield is a 2014 Cool Vendor

Each year Gartner analyzes the technology space, identifying “Cool Vendors” in key areas. Next, they publish research reports highlighting these pioneering solutions. Given all of the innovation in the safety space, we are honored to be recognized as a Gartner “Cool Vendor.”

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Orlando Sentinel: Safety app stops attack

While being followed home by a suspicious person, a female college student quickly used TapShield to signal her location to campus police. Minutes later, officers arrived and caught the suspect as he fled. ”Since it happened, believe me, a lot of my friends have downloaded it. It’s a great safety net for us.”

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ECampus: BLUE LIGHTS TO MOBILE APPS

It was in a 2009 safety committee meeting with University of Florida officials that Jordan Johnson first mentioned the potential impact of mobile technology in bolstering campus safety. Johnson, then the UF student body president, was met with blank stares. Today, the university now uses the TapShield safety app.

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TNW: 'Waze' for Safety Open to Public

TapShield, an app for iOS and Android devices which allows users see crowdsourced crime stats and quickly contact emergency services in the US, is now available to the public following its initial launch on select university campuses. The app is highly relevant to today’s student demographic as it remains top-of-mind.

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CHRONICLE: APPS RESHAPE SAFETY

A new safety app recently licensed by the University of Florida, includes technology dubbed “Yank” that sends an alert to safety officials in the event that earphones are yanked from the socket of a smartphone, either by its owner or an assailant. Students often walk or run around campus listening to music use Yank.

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Nibletz: TapShield's New Solution

Today Orlando-based TapShield announced the release of an enterprise-grade platform that improves safety across college campuses and for global companies. The system essentially turns your smartphone into a personal safety device and has deployed its first handful of clients, mostly who are colleges or universities seeking to improve security.

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Gainesville Sun: Help a tap away for UF

The University of Florida has launched a new mobile phone application that will serve as a personal security and safety system for students, faculty and staff. The TapShield app is designed to send an emergency alert with the touch of an icon, reducing law enforcement response time. The app is available for download to UF’s 50,000+ person community.

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Startup Beat: Crowdsourcing safety

A Q&A with TapShield founder and CEO Jordan Johnson. The Orlando, Florida-based startup, which has built a mobile-centric security platform for colleges and large enterprises, had its official launch last month after a ‘semi-stealth’ launch at the University of Florida. Next, it’ crowd-sourcing safety and signing on its next batch of customers across the country.

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PRESS RELEASES

Gartner Names TapShield Cool Vendor

TapShield was named a 2014 Cool Vendor by Gartner for its innovative approach and use of mobile technology to enhance the personal safety of college students and business professionals worldwide. This recognition by Gartner validates our crowd-sourced approach to safety.

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Mobile Safety Solution Launches

TapShield Technology Leverages Users’ Smartphone, Adds Social Networking & Mobile Technologies to Improve Emergency Response by Up to 47 Percent. Announces successful deployment at debut college customer, the University of Florida, for 50,000+ students, staff and faculty.

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