App aids security for Newcastle University

Posted On 16 Feb 2016
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Graduation & PG Student Shoot QuaysideNewcastle University security is launching a new app to provide around the clock reassurance to students and staff on campus. Going live this week, the SafeZone mobile app will be available for free to students and staff. It allows students and staff to summon assistance, while enabling security teams to implement a fast and coordinated response to every day events through to full-scale emergencies.

Shed Coulthard, Estates Security Manager, Newcastle University, said: “The personal wellbeing of students and staff is our top priority and while we uphold an impeccable record on safety – in a city widely regarded as one of the safest places to study in the UK – we are always open to innovative use of technology to ensure that we continue to deliver the best possible student experience.

“While our campus is already very safe, the SafeZone app will give extra re-assurance to our students and staff. It will also help us to work closer with partners across the city and to continue providing efficient response to incidents at any scale.”

Darren Chalmers-Stevens, Director EMEA at CriticalArc, developers of the app, said: “The app will complement the outstanding work of the University’s security team while giving staff and students a simple and quick means to request assistance when they need it.”

The cloud-based service will be supported on campus and geo fenced safe zones in the city, including popular routes between campus buildings, halls of residence and parts of the city centre. Users will be able to check the app to see if an area off-campus is monitored as a safe zone.