Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI is committed to providing a safe learning environment for its students and staff. JWU’s Safety & Security office understood that mobile technology was a valuable tool to keep campus security officers in the field. They recognized that the process of having security officers return to the office to complete their reports and look up information in their security database was time-consuming and inefficient. JWU had planned to equip their campus security vehicles with laptops and mobile Internet service; however, this was an unfunded project.
JWU applied and was approved for Mobile Beacon’s Connect for Success grant. They received six laptops and 4G USB modems, one for each of the University’s campus security vehicles. After the free Internet service period associated with Mobile Beacon’s grant ended, JWU renewed the annual service plan for each USB modem at Mobile Beacon’s $10/month rate. Receiving the grant enabled JWU to complete an unfunded initiative and gave them enough time to budget for the low-cost, ongoing service fee in the following school year.