Think of it as a purple-and-green toolbox right at your fingertips.
The NSCAD Mobile App is free and now available for download. Developed by
AppArmor Mobile and NSCAD University, the app provides easy access to emergency
phone numbers, including NSCAD security. It also has numbers for student wellness
service such as academic counselling, mental health support and disability
The App will also allow the university to communicate directly to users of
the NSCAD Mobile App with a bulletin. Scenarios could be stormy weather that
makes travel to class unsafe or a power outage at one of the campuses.
Other features of the app include a news feed from Twitter, a map of Halifax
showing campus locations, and tools such as a handy flashlight and loud alarm.
NSCAD staff and students can also use the camera feature to take a photo of a
security or safety concern (eg. a door propped open, a broken window, a leak)
and send it directly to NSCAD’s Facilities Management.
Sharon Johnson-Legere, NSCAD’s VP of Finance and Administration, saw a
similar security app from the Kingston, Ont.-based company at a conference of
the Canadian Association of University Business Officers recently and
approached the developers to partner with NSCAD.
Chris Sinkinson is the co-founder of AppArmor with his brother David. Both
Queen’s University graduates, the brothers pitched Queen’s campus safety group
about a mobile version of the university’s “blue light” alert system. The group
liked the idea and the Queen’s App was launched in August 2012. Since then,
AppArmor has created similar apps for York University and University of
Victoria, and also several schools in Australia, including the University of
Melbourne. The company is now working on apps for Brock University, Fanshawe
College, and several other post-secondary schools.
The NSCAD Mobile App is suitable for iPhones and Android smart phones. It
can be downloaded for free through the App Store or Google Play. Just search
NSCAD Mobile on Google Play
NSCAD Mobile on the App Store
AppArmor: Mobile Safety Apps