University wins security award

7 May 2013

Macquarie University’s security team has received industry recognition, winning an Australian Security Industry Award for Excellence.

Organised by the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL), the awards recognises outstanding individuals and organisations within the security industry, and is Australia’s premier security awards program.

University Campus Security Manager John Durbridge accepted the award on behalf of the team at an event held in Melbourne last week.

The group won in the ‘Technical Security Solution (projects below $250K)’ category, for the emergency alert system project that was introduced at the University last year.

In 2012, Macquarie became the first Australian university to adopt a comprehensive emergency alerts system across its campuses. The system – Alerts.mq.edu.au – advises students and staff of emergencies via email and SMS notifications to any mobile device such as a smartphone, Ipad or laptop.

“Through careful and innovative development, alerts.mq.edu.au has enabled the University to better manage communications around critical incidents and emergencies, and improve the safety of its staff, students and community,” says Durbridge

“It’s great to receive recognition from the industry for this project which has done a great deal to improve campus safety and security.”

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