Boston, Mass.–Fisher College is partnering with a company to provide the school’s students and staff with a smartphone app they can use to call for help on or off campus. Called Life Button 24, the app from World Wide Security Group will allow users to call for help whether they are on Beacon Street or on spring break anywhere within the continental United States.
Fisher President Dr. Thomas McGovern said “We are here to educate students that their safety and security is our No. 1 priority.”
Calls for help will be received by the staff at Life Button 24, who will then dispatch the calls to either campus police or local police.
The app uses geo-fencing technology to track a person’s location. The users can also send real-time images or videos of the situation to alert emergency responders.
“Nothing is ever going to replace the people and the patrol officer, but the addition of cameras and Life Button 24 just allows our students to be safe wherever they are,” Fisher campus police Chief Deborah Crafts said. The app will be tested by the college’s students and staff beginning this fall.