University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
 
August 15, 2013
Contact: Joy Washington, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6638
Contact: Liz Meitus, MyForce Marketing Manager, (720) 266-6020
 

USA Partners with MyForce to
Provide 24/7 Nationwide Personal Security

From left are University of South Alabama Police Chief Zeke Aull and SGA President Riley Davis participating in a MyForce demonstration for the news media and the USA community. USA family and friends can use the promo code Jaguars to receive the special pricing.

University of South Alabama SGA President Riley Davis and Police Chief Zeke Aull participate in a MyForce demonstration for the news media and the USA community. USA family and friends can use the promo code Jaguars to receive the special pricing. For more information about MyForce, and the free 30-day trial period, click here.

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The University of South Alabama and its Police Department has partnered with MyForce to provide a proactive personal safety service that will immediately protect students, their families, alumni, USA faculty and staff with just a touch of a button on supported IPhone, Android or BlackBerry smartphones.

USA, the first university in Alabama to partner with MyForce, has integrated the MyForce Campus System into its existing campus safety programs, giving the USA Police direct and immediate access to incident information for any MyForce alert triggered on campus.

“The University of South Alabama Police Department is committed to providing a safe and harmonious environment so that our campus can thrive,” said USA Police Chief Zeke Aull. “To make sure that this occurs, the USA Police Department is constantly seeking new and innovative ways that will improve upon or complement our current crime prevention strategies.”

When a member sends a MyForce alert from a smartphone, USA Police immediately assess the situation by listening to audio and viewing the user’s profile and location through the MyForce Campus System, allowing the USA Police to provide on-location assistance faster and more efficiently. If a member triggers a MyForce alert off campus, the MyForce monitoring team works with local authorities in the member’s area based on the real-time GPS location information, providing security both on and off campus, 24/7 nationwide.

“MyForce is ideal for all those situations where you feel a concern for your safety but it doesn’t make sense to call 911; walking alone at night, going to unfamiliar places, or meeting unfamiliar people,” said MyForce Chief Executive Officer Brad Zotti. “Often times, we rely on calling on friends or family members to be on the phone with us in these situations. However, well-intentioned friends and family are not necessarily the best to come to your aid or provide help if needed. MyForce connects its members to a professionally trained monitoring team.”

USA is the seventh institution in the nation to integrate the MyForce Campus System into its existing safety program. All users can try the MyForce service free for 30 days. After the free trial service has ended, parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff associated with USA can sign up for the $11.99 per month membership or $99 per year MyForce service. This is a negotiated reduced rate given to the USA community. USA family and friends can use the promo code Jaguars to receive the special pricing.

Click here to register for the free 30-day USA/MyForce trial period.

About USA

Since its founding in 1963, the University of South Alabama has been one of Alabama’s fastest growing universities, currently enrolling more than 15,000 students in a wide range of academic programs in Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, Computing, Continuing Education and Special Programs, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Auburn University School of Pharmacy at USA. The University has awarded 75,000 degrees.

In addition to teaching and research, USA is one of the largest health care providers in the Mobile region, with its faculty physicians and two hospitals – USA Children’s & Women’s and USA Medical Center – involved in more than a quarter million patient encounters annually. USA is also home to the Mitchell Cancer Institute, the first academic cancer research institute in the upper Gulf Coast region.

About MyForce

MyForce is like a mobile bodyguard that protects users against danger with a touch of a button on supported iPhones, Androids or Blackberrys. MyForce is available nationwide and works across all carrier networks. The MyForce Campus System is currently in use on six campuses. MyForce gives users confidence and security against threats while providing families with freedom from worry. Founded by two safety-conscious fathers, Brad Zotti (CEO) and Charlie Groves (COO), MyForce is headquartered in Denver, Colo.

 
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