Colleges to begin providing cell phones?

12 07 2006

I’ve been reading around the internet that a new business model has started sparked by a company called Rave. Apparently this company has begun to contact colleges across the United States to implement their program where a college will buy a huge number of cellphones to provide to their students. That’s not too big of a deal but here is where the software integration plays a huge role. With a network limited to a college, the possibilities are almost limitless in terms of things that you can do. One of the cool features that they have is a GPS locater. Now you might be thinking that having the college keeping tabs on every student is a bit weird but you have the option of turning it on or off. Additionally, suppose you’re walking home alone at night and you’re looking for someone to keep an eye out for you, well you can prompt a 15 minute guide which will inform the police where you are and they can monitor you until you walk home. Pretty neat.

Additionally – suppose you’re at a club or a bar or something like that and want to find your friends. We’ve all had the issue where even when you scream into the phone, it’s impossible to hear. Well this can monitor where you are with a map pre-integrated into the system. You can find friends if you’re in the library and want to find out where they are and such. One problem I can see with this….stalking…. but in order to prevent those weirdos who use facebook mobile to find out someone’s relationship status at a club, the software is designed to get approval from both parties.

Here is a screenshot of what the computer software looks like:

So the golden question is….would you use it? Monclair State University is the only one to have started it so far so we’ll see how it goes there.

—SD

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