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Mobile app "Safeguard HK" updated to feature hiker tracking service and useful travel phrases in additional languages 
     A spokesman for the Security Bureau today (March 6) said the Security Bureau has launched an updated version of the mobile application "Safeguard HK", featuring a new hiker tracking function to better protect hikers, as well as commonly used travel phrases in eight additional languages.

     When a user of the "Safeguard HK" mobile app activates the "Hiker Tracking" function and registers his or her mobile phone number, the app will track and record the user's locations using GPS in the next 24 hours. In the event that the user gets lost or is reported missing, the emergency rescue teams of the Fire Services Department and the Hong Kong Police Force may search for the user with information recorded to expedite the rescue operation. The GPS data will be erased automatically after seven days if no incident has been reported. The "Hiker Tracking" function is provided by the Communications Association of Hong Kong.

     In addition, the "Safeguard HK" mobile app has introduced eight additional languages to its collection of commonly used travel phrases, bringing the total number of languages of useful travel phrases with auto speech function to 20, namely Arabic, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Putonghua, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish. The travel phrases cover daily life and emergency situations to facilitate users' communication with locals during travel.

     The spokesman said the "Safeguard HK" mobile app is a one-stop platform providing useful information on safety in daily life and during travel. The public may download "Safeguard HK" for free through the Apple App Store and Google Play, or scan the attached QR code to download the mobile app. Details of useful information provided by "Safeguard HK" are available at www.sb.gov.hk/eng/news/mobileapp/.
Ends/Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Issued at HKT 16:00
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