MITTRP Desk: Police in Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad, have introduced a smartphone-based emergency alert system for educational institutions and hospitals situated within the capital.
According to different media reports these institutes can now access the alert system—which is connected to the Police Control Room (PCR), Rescue 15 and senior police officers—in case of any emergency. In case of any untoward situation, the administration of these institutes will now be able to promptly send any emergency alert.
A report says besides hospitals the access to smartphone-based system was to be given to the administrative staff of 422 government and 1,200 private schools, colleges and universities of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
Daily Times reports that Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sajid Kiani is reviewing the functioning and operationalization of the security alert system.
It also says “The capital city police is the first government department to use the modern technology for security related issues. The police force is being made more responsive through the introduction of this strictly supervised electronic tool and it would definitely improve the security parameters.”
The security for educational institutions emerged as a big challenge in Pakistan especially after the Army Public School (APS) attack in December 2014. Many schools, colleges and universities remained closed for almost a week in different parts of the country after heavily-armed terrorists stormed Bacha Khan University, Charsadda killing 21 people, mostly students, and injuring over 30 last month.