Tigersafe is the official safety app of Rochester Institute of Technology. It is the only app that integrates with RIT's safety and security systems. RIT Public Safety has worked to develop a unique app that provides students, faculty and staff with added safety on the RIT campus. The app will send you important safety alerts and provide instant access to campus safety resources.
Tigersafe features include:
- Mobile Bluelight: Send your location to RIT security in real-time in case of a crisis
- Emergency Contacts: Contact the correct services for the RIT area in case of an emergency or a non-emergency concern
- Tip Reporting: Multiple ways to report a safety/security concern directly to RIT Public Safety, or request assistance from Public Safety.
- Friend Walk: Ask a friend to monitor your location as you walk home.
- Safety notifications: Receive instant notifications and instructions from campus safety when on-campus emergencies occur.
- Chat with Security: Communicate live with safety staff at RIT via chat.
- Campus Map: Find your way around campus!
- Campus safety resources: access all important safety resources in one convenient app.
Download today and ensure that you’re prepared in the event of an emergency.
Ratings and Reviews
Bring back the old TigerSafe
When I first started at RIT, the version of TigerSafe we got to use was amazing. It was a student project that combined technical expertise and thoughtful, sensible design to produce a native iOS application that was pleasant to use and simple to understand.
Then that student left and didn't give Public Safety control over the project, so they had to replace it in short order. The 3rd-party contractor that provides this app (AppArmor) is apparently the gold standard in public safety apps for campuses. The bar that AppArmor sets is so low that you would be hard pressed to even trip over it.
Before I get to my criticisms, allow me to remind you that a public safety app is designed to be used infrequently, usually by people who are experiencing a severe problem. People in this state of mind fall back to quick assumptions, and often fail to comprehend complex paragraphs. They are trying to find the thing they need right now, and having to search for it makes their panic worse.
This version of TigerSafe is not suitable for use in panicked conditions.
First of all, it's hideous. It's even worse than the RIT Mobile app, which is not a target you want to shoot for. The main screen's color pattern makes it look like a prototype sketch that was copied too literally. The graphic at the top of the main page is also not sized for Retina displays, so it looks gross unless you're on an iPhone 3GS.
Secondly, the UI moves after the app starts. To borrow a term from John Gruber, a dickbar pops up a second or two after the app launches, forcing everything below it to slide down, proudly proclaiming "Welcome to TigerSafe!" Why do I need to be welcomed? Why does welcoming me require that you move the buttons around under my fingers? The whole point of this app is to help you in dire situations, and moving the buttons right before you tap them isn't going to help you.
Finally, there are paragraphs of text everywhere. Nobody is going to read your paragraphs of text when someone is having a heart attack on the ground next to them. They want simple, clear steps (or ideally, a single clear step) that are reinforced by the design of the app, not a report explaining how to do the thing they want. There's also a baffling anti-pattern of having a button that looks like it does what you want, but actually takes you to another page, which explains (with far too many words) what the button does, then offers another button that actually does the thing you wanted. How about you just do it the first time?
The old version of TigerSafe opened to a big blue circle that, when tapped, summoned Public Safety to your location. It also had the phone numbers in a second tab, and a problem report (non-emergency) on the third tab. It was exactly what most people needed out of the app, at exactly the right time. Not only does this version of TigerSafe not live up to those standards, it is an ugly wart on RIT's record that merely confuses and frustrates students in their time of need.
I really like the flashlight feature. It makes it super easy to turn the flashlight on my phone on. All I have to do is open the app, navigate through 2-3 pages, and click the flashlight icon… and voila!! The flashlight on my phone turns right on. Very convenient, would recommend.
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- Rochester Institute of Technology
- 44.2 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
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