In what is seen as the global first, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has just launched a new service that aims to promote safety among its international student community, with a round-the-clock monitoring facility.
Called ‘2Life Help,’ the service is an AUT initiative in collaboration with Skyhook Services, a global leader in location technology and ‘First Security,’ stated to be the largest security patrol fleet in New Zealand.
The facility is available to students through an online app (http://www.2Life.co.nz) in and out of the campuses of the University.
2Life Executive Director Mike Hutcheson said that AUT aimed to provide a comprehensive personal safety solution to its international students and their parents with peace of mind.
“For many families, when deciding to send their child overseas to study their biggest worry is, ‘Who will help my son or daughter in an emergency? Who can my child turn to for help, if they are lost, confused, frightened or simply find themselves in a distressing or unsafe situation?’ Now, whenever your child needs help, all they need do is press the 2Life Help icon and we’ll get them the help they need,” he said.
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