Agreement solidifies the Calgary-based technology powering the UC Emergency mobile alerting app for smart, safe campuses
Calgary, AB: Mindful of U.S. school shootings and international cyber-hacking, the University of Calgary and RallyEngine Inc. have teamed up to advance a made-in-Calgary solution for alerting groups, rallying teams, and informing communities in crisis situations.
The agreement, facilitated by Innovate Calgary, secures for the University a long-term license to the high-performance technology powering its current UC Emergency app, and it enables RallyEngine to further develop an optimal suite of smartphone-centric functionality modules – including SoloSafe™ for monitoring individuals working or studying alone at off-hours, and SurgeRoster™ for activating emergency wardens and managing spontaneous volunteers.
“We launched UC Emergency with students, staff, and faculty in early 2015,” said University of Calgary Associate Director of Emergency Management Bob Maber. “Especially on a campus where people look to their smartphones for the latest information, it’s quickly become an essential part of our campus safety and security mix.”
UC Emergency has been used for critical alerts and informational updates for everything from bad weather and smoke warnings to suspicious characters and a recent malware attack on the school’s IT systems.
Two of the growing startup’s co-founders are University of Calgary alumni. “RallyEngine’s innovation, performance, and versatility fit the University of Calgary’s ‘Eyes High’ strategy,” said VP of Product & Technology Tom Muir. “and their approach to campus safety is inspiring other Canadian universities and colleges.”
The deal also includes the establishment of a pioneering new student scholarship for public safety innovation.
“Disasters and emergencies are becoming larger, more frequent, and more unpredictable. At the same time, new mobile technologies and more emergent approaches are gaining traction. Risk management is quickly becoming one of the most important and innovative fields,” said RallyEngine president Steve Hardy, “and we hope that this scholarship will help encourage and advance the new breed of leaders entering it.”
RallyEngine is the commercial spin-off of a ground-breaking pro-bono project for the Missing Children Society of Canada called CodeSearch. It powers the volunteer surge roster for Field Innovation Team and Olds College’s recently launched campus safety app OC Emergency.
RallyEngine® is a nimble, mobile-focused platform for alerting groups, rallying teams, and informing communities – to facilitate business continuity and to activate emergency or volunteer surge rosters.
About The University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, it aims to become one of Canada's top five research institutions, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and fully engaged with the communities it both serves and leads. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.’
- University finalizes partnership with UC Emergency app developers (July 25, 2016)
- Emergency app helps campus community stay safe (September 2, 2015)
- University launches new UC Emergency app (May 5, 2015)