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With a touch to a smart phone screen, Georgia College students now can request a safety escort for transportation during evening hours.

That's according to a Georgia College and State University news release.

“With the SNAP app, students have instant messaging to SNAP officers and Public Safety disp
 

The automated and paperless SNAP app also provides pickup and drop off locations, hours of operation and emergency phone numbers students’ mobile devices.

Georgia College students designed, developed and implemented the web-enabled SNAP app.

A five-member team of undergraduates and graduate students worked on the project with help from  Dr. Gita Williams Phelps, associate professor of computer science.

"The SNAP app was a great opportunity for information systems and computer science students to work together," Phelps said. "Students learned new techniques in programming, collaborating with each other and working with clients."

Additional software sends instant messages from students to drivers’ iPads mounted in SNAP carts, bypassing phone calls to dispatchers and freeing pubic safety phone lines.

“It’s much quicker for students and SNAP officers and frees dispatchers for other duties,” Williams said. “The program has streamlined the process, eliminating hand logging of the calls by storing the information in the computer system for instant review and daily and weekly reports.”

Georgia College created the SNAP Program in 2009 to ensure student safety during evening hours. Begun with student volunteers, SNAP now has seven paid student workers who operate 8 p.m. to midnight Monday and Tuesday and 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

“SNAP services mainly the campus and adjoining property, generating an average of 80 calls a night,” Williams said.

SNAP officers answered 1,469 calls escorting 3,206 students during spring semester 2011. Those figures represent a 224 percent increase from the previous year.

The web-enabled app allows for officers to access information from various media, Phelps said.

“The app allows public safety to update information instantly,” she said. “This project illustrates how our students’ hard work makes them more marketable once they complete their degrees.”

SNAP encourages Georgia College students to download the app on their smart phones and desktop computers.

“We asking everyone to use the SNAP app,” Williams said. "SNAP and public safety officers will be happy to set up the app for you on mobile devices.” 

To download the SNAP app visit www.gcsnap.com.

 

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