Island University Adds Crime Reporting Function to University Mobile App

Published: October 10, 2013

Island University Adds Crime Reporting Function to University Mobile App

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A new interactive app developed by computer science students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is helping to make the campus a safer place.

An updated version of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Islander Mobile app now features

the “Island Watch” safety application .The app, created by students of Dr. Ahmed Mahdy, Director of The Innovation in Computing Research Labs (iCORE), allows for users to easily connect with the University Police Department 24-hours a day. The app is one of the first of its kind developed for a college campus.

“Our students who designed this app utilized the latest technology, which enables them to track one’s location anywhere on campus,” said Mahdy. “With the simple push of a button, anyone can snap a photo of suspicious activity on campus and send it to the University Police Department right away.”

In addition to pressing a button to immediately call the UPD, users can report an incident to the UPD via email. This includes the ability to take a photo and automatically attach it to an email addressed to UPD with the geo-coordinates. The UPD will receive the photo with a time, date, and location stamp. Users can also include text in the email describing the incident.


“The safety of our students at the Island University has always been a top priority,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.  “This app demonstrates one of the ways that the University is taking a proactive stand to maintain the safety of its nearly 11,000 students.”

The University’s unique app is another effort to create increased communication with UPD for safety. The “Island Watch” app is available on both Android and Apple App stores under the search title “Islander Mobile.”  Learn more about the app following the links below: