Safe Zone App

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Posted on 23 August 2016

Students and staff at Keele University are to benefit from 24-hour on-site emergency response and assistance thanks to a​ new free app​, set to launch in September.

The SafeZone​ ​app, delivered by Reliance High Tech and CriticalArc, allows students to call for rapid assistance in a range of situations, from general reassurance or advice to full emergencies.

​The app can be downloaded from​ and is available for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile.

When the SafeZone app is activated the user is immediately put in touch with the university control centre. The system pinpoints the exact location and identity of the person calling for help and allows the security operator to communicate directly with them – giving advice or escalating to an immediate emergency response if required.

The system also allows a range of notifications and safety advice to be sent to all users within defined areas.

​​“The SafeZone App will be a fantastic addition to Keele University, its students and staff,” says David Sanderson, Assistant Director of Estates at Keele University. “Our campus is already very safe but this app gives students and staff extra reassurance that assistance is no more than the touch of a button away."

​​"Our neighbouring hospital site has also been included in the system. There, emergency calls will be routed through to the hospital security control room to provide rapid assistance to medical students, should they need it".​

Dan Thomas, Sales and Marketing Director for Reliance High Tech​ said: “The SafeZone system lets the security team put a health & safety ‘wrapper’ around the campus. Additional zones can also protect associated locations where students are working, including temporary zones covering students and staff on field-trips anywhere in the world.”

​​Chris Keane, UK Sales Manager, CriticalArc said: “The protected zones can be any size, from a single building to a whole country. SafeZone is a very flexible communications tool which allows the university to keep in touch with students and staff wherever they are and it allows users to call for help very easily in any situation.”