Bolstering Campus Security: New SNAP App

With a new app, Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) is now better able to serve students who need a ride home after dark. SNAP, free to all UF students, operates seven 15-passenger vans each night of the week from 6:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

The SNAP by Spare app allows students to see estimated ride time before they request a ride to more than 80 location stops around campus. Scott Fox, senior director of Transportation and Parking Services, lauded the app as a needed update.

“Our new UF SNAP by Spare app was selected for its effectiveness in accepting rides and efficiency in routing drivers using an advanced algorithm,” Fox said. “The new app offers students a more modern and user-friendly interface, the ability to track their vans, expanded customer notification features for important SNAP-related announcements, more accurate pick-up times, and ultimately a more predictable experience for SNAP riders.”

The SNAP app requires you to authenticate with your GatorLink credentials. It is available for both Android and Apple devices. Visit the Transportation and Parking Services website or give TAPS a call (352-392-SNAP/7627) for additional information.

Campus Physical Security Enhanced by UFIT

In addition to the security of UF systems and data, UFIT also works with campus physical security leaders to help keep campus safe for students, employees, and visitors.

UFIT’s Data Center Operations and Logistics Manager John Toner was recently recognized by the UF Police Department (UFPD) for his efforts to improve the security of the university’s East Campus. The project, led by UFPD, included determining where additional lights were needed, fixing gates, and removing debris. With his extensive knowledge of East Campus activities, John’s expertise expedited the project.

Another recent security enhancement utilizing UFIT expertise are the additional phones installed along fraternity row. This project, requested by UF Student Government, was undertaken with the Division of Business Affairs. Led by UFIT Project Manager Rob Snively, the work consisted of upgrading the telecomm system, including mass notification speakers that broadcast emergency messages, and installation of security camera mounts. More information about this project is available on the Business Affairs news website.