UniMAP: Monitor safety of students, staffs with location tracker

UniMAP: Monitor safety of students, staffs with location tracker

ARAU: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is using location tracking technology to monitor the safety of its 17,000 students and staff during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Its vice-chancellor Prof Dr R Badlishah Ahmad said, through the technology, all UniMAP students and staff could update their locations, and the university would be able to analyse the data collected throughout the MCO period.

He said to ensure the security of the data, access was limited to only a few individuals.

“Previously, we introduced global positioning system (GPS) technology as part of an initiative to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection, to replace the thumb print method that was seen as unsafe and at higher risk of spreading the virus.

“Following the UniMAP Disaster Management Committee meeting, we feel it is necessary to extend this initiative to facilitate the monitoring of nearly 15,000 students and 2,000 UniMAP staff for two weeks,” he said in a statement today.

The latest initiative was introduced due to the current development of COVID-19 outbreak with several locations identified as red zone areas by the National Security Council (MKN).

“By using this location tracking technology, we can identify the students’ locations that can be matched to data of areas with COVID-19 cases.

“This will further facilitate the university to devise health screening requirements, when the students return to campus once MCO period ends,” he said.