Technology to boost Campus Security
Lynchburg, VA, July 31, 2009- Liberty University Police Department (LUPD) has not
taken the safety and security of the 11,000 residential students and 3,000 staff and faculty
on the Lynchburg, VA campus lightly. The university has recently upgraded their campus
alarm and security system to reach students, staff and faculty in a variety of mediums.
"Federal Signal's comprehensive alerting and notification capabilities offer leading
educational institutions a powerful way to quickly communicate across campus
communities," said John Von Thaden, director of alerting and notification systems for
Federal Signal Corporation's Public Safety Systems Division.
The upgraded Federal Signal SmartMSG mission-critical communication system will
connect with Mobile phones, landline phones, email and texts. This notification system
will assist LUPD in alerting students, faculty and staff who are not on campus or within
reach of the alarms when not to come on campus due to a hazardous situation. Students,
staff and faculty will have to opt-in through a web portal to receive notifications.
LUPD has received tremendous feedback from the university community based on a 50%
opt-in rate thus far. There have been about 7,000 devices registered to almost 4,900
"The Federal Signal safety and security system enables us to reach out directly to
students and staff in the event of a campus incident. The Federal Signal SmartMSG
enhancement provides a comprehensive way to protect people—every day," said Chief
Richard Hinkley, of the Liberty University Police Department.
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Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is the country’s largest Christian university
with over 11,000 students attending residentially and a campus that stretches more than
5,000 acres with over 2.9 million square feet of facilities.
If you’d like more information, please contact Luke VanWingerden, Manager of IT
Customer Communications, at (434) 592-3774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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