App to create a safer community

2018-07-10 06:00
PHOTO: Phindile shoziThe Zello Channel to create a safer community.

PHOTO: Phindile shoziThe Zello Channel to create a safer community.

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WITH the increase of crime in the Upper Highway area, the SA Community Crime Watch (SACCW) has decided to launch an App to help emergency services respond quicker to situations.

The Zello Channel is a two way radio styled app that was established to try and decrease the amount of time taken for someone to receive assistance in times of need.

According to SACCW founder Steven King, the Zello Channel is more of like a walkie-talkie on a cellphone because it is easily accessible for people to get communication going.

“We do have group chats on WhatsApp for neighbourhood watches, security and street patrol groups but with Zello Channel there’s only one group where everyone is focused on the same thing,” said King. He said that the Zello Channel is said to be like a two way radio because only one person can talk at a time.

“On WhatsApp you can send any amount of messages and they disappear. This makes it difficult to keep up and know what’s happening, and then even harder to try to assist as there’s so many people trying to say things at the same time and it just causes chaos. However, with Zello, you have to wait your turn,” King said.

King also said that when you are driving you can’t read text, “It’s difficult to try and read the text while you are driving but with Zello you’re able to talk because it can work through your Bluetooth.”

He said that the channel is monitored 24 hours a day and they have medical, emergency and towing services active online and ready to respond.

King appealed to those who are interested to download the app and then set up their profile by filling in the personal details that will help them contact family in case of emergency.

For more information contact King on 082 920 5799.


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