Just a click to call for help or tell your story

2014-08-27 00:00

THE touch of an icon can connect you to just about everything, from a helping hand to a Witness reporter.

This is thanks to a new app, Version 1 Magical 360º, to be launched by SA Community Action Network (SA CAN).

“We saw there was a need to develop an app that our various partners can participate in,” said SA CAN founder Brian Jones.

“The hardest thing in crime prevention is getting South Africans to work together,” said Jones.

Indeed rules and regulations prevent it. For example, security companies are businesses and subject to competition regulations. Consequently one company cannot respond to an emergency situation if the victim is another company’s client.

“As a result the lives of the public go on the backburner,” said Jones. “Everyone says, ‘Work hand in hand, love together’, but the reality is completely the opposite.”

The 360º app intends turning that around. The app, which can be used on Samsung smart phones utilising Android technology, puts a number of services an icon touch away.

As well as the standard SA CAN services available to all cellphone users such as the AAA Button, Anything Anytime Anywhere tracking, tracing and GPS positioning systems that connects you to SA CAN’s IMC (incident management centre) there are several other features.

The Samaritan icon enables you to help someone else. “We encourage people to help other people,” said Jones. “If you a see a lost child, you can let us know.”

The Wildlife icon puts you in touch with a number of wildlife rescue organisations including Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Crow, and Monkey Helpline, while the pet rescue icon connects you to the SPCA and other animal welfare bodies.

The W — “tell the news” — icon will put you in touch with a Witness reporter. “The Witness is our media partner,” said Jones. “They share our passion.”

Other icons connect you to SAPS, Fire Protection Agency, and Recoveri Microdot, who have pioneered the use of microdot technology to combat crime.

“The 360º app will be available before Christmas,” said Jones.

Inquiries: Brian Jones at 082 884 8024/brian.jones@sacan.co.za

• Stephen.Coan@witness.co.za

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