The blue light phone tower was developed for use on college campuses, hospital sites, and high-traffic areas. It has become one of our most popular towers to date at many universities across the United States. The emergency phones are activated by pressing the large red button on the front pannel, which will automatically call the Dispatch Center. At the same time, a high-intensity strobe light at the top of the phone will activate, providing a beacon for the police or firefighters to locate the person in distress.
In a sure sign of the ubiquity of cell phone usage these days, a community college district in California has rid its campuses of the emergency “blue phones” to save money.
Jana McDonald, a telecommunications customer service representative at Texas A&M University, said that large residential campuses, like hers in College Station, are likely to have “blue phones” into the foreseeable future. In fact, she noted that a new one was installed Monday near a set of new dormitories, where it joined 100 or so already on campus. She noted that Texas A&M administrators consider the call boxes a protection against potential legal complaints holding them liable in the event that an emergency does happen.