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USCB Student Develops Safety App for Campus

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BLUFFTON, S.C. -

Finding a certain piece of paper might take you some time.  But chances are your phone is always within arm's reach.  A local college student used that mindset to help his fellow students stay safe.

Like most USCB college students, Bill Glesias always has his phone handy...but ask him where that pamphlet is that has all the safety information for potential campus emergencies- and he'd have to do some digging.

 

"And only so many of these were given out," Glesias said. "Not everyone has one.  So the main question is what you do in an emergency not everyone can find that.  The main thing in an emergency is you've got to act fast, I want to act now and I want the best possible solution to the problem," he said.

 

With the help of his professor Brian Canada, Bill created the solution in a phone app.

It directs you straight to the right help for different scenario and gives students the do's and don'ts for how to react when the situation arises.

 

It's a tool in which Bill feels lucky to be a part.

 

"It feels pretty good that I can use my skill set to promote and work with actual problems.  And that's the thing that computational science focuses on instead of computer science.  Instead of knowing what computer science is, you're actually applying it," Glesias said.

 

It's a solution his professor believes could be the key to safety when seconds count.

 

"This is going to be much easier for people to use so it's one less obstacle to overcome," Professor Brian Canada said.  "And if it saves a couple seconds- that could be the seconds you save that help save someone's life."

 

The next step is reviewing the app with the department of public safety on campus for feedback on how to improve the app---then it will become active.

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