Guardly Launches Free Mobile Emergency Phone Service across 67 Canadian Universities and Colleges

by Rob Lewis | Technology

Toronto startup Guardly announced this morning a free nationwide service for students, faculty and staff at 67 Canadian universities and colleges across Canada.

The service that will transform student's smartphones into their own personal code-blue emergency phones (typically found along campus paths), providing one-touch mobile access to campus security from virtually any location on campus.

By simply downloading the Guardly app and registering with a university-issued email address, campus members can hold their own personal code-blue emergency phones, providing one-touch mobile access to campus security from virtually any location on campus.

According to Guardly's press release, this is the first time that a service of its kind is being made available to Canadian students.

“It was a natural evolution of our technology, to enable a service like this for students,” says Guardly CEO, Josh Sookman. “Given the high prevalence of sexual assault against women and increases in violent acts on some campuses, we feel this innovation should be something provided to students for free. So we’ve done just that!”

Every student, faculty and staff member at the 67 supported universities and colleges across Canada will be eligible to use the free mobile emergency phone service.

To register for and use the free service, you must sign up with your post-secondary school-issued email address, which automatically associates your account with your affiliated university or college. Once registered, when using Guardly on-campus to send any emergency alert, you will be connected to campus security by phone.

Earlier this month Guardly entered into a significant partnership with the California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.) to provide a smartphone app to 155,000 member real estate agents.

Guardly officially launched in April of 2011 with a seed round of financing that includes investments from Extreme Venture Partners, Bryker Capital and several angel investors.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Guardly is a robust communication platform for emergencies that is changing the way mobile personal safety is delivered. Guardly is the first mobile application to give people the ability to both alert and connect in real-time with local authorities as well as their own personal safety network in a single tap. Depending on your configuration of Guardly, you can reach your personal safety... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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