iPods help Virginia Tech facilities workers stay connected

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) One man's vision to keep all employees at Virginia Tech connected in case of an emergency is now a reality.

Starting fall semester all Housekeeping and Grounds workers will have an iPod touch.

Apps on the device give employees access to email, emergencies on campus, and it allows them to report crimes or concerns.

It was Steve Johnston's idea, now about 140 workers will stay better connected.

"The biggest sale for me was that it provides safety for our employees that are out in the field in remote locations so they have access to the app but also the VT alerts," Johnston said, the enterprise systems supervisor within the Facilities Department.

Previously some Facilities Department workers had limited access to technology. This now allows them to have continuous contact in an emergency.