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SECURITY: Taking Back the Streets: Namola Launches in Gauteng


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NAMOLA, the innovative safety and security app, and the Gauteng Traffic Police took to the streets recent in a combination of technology and manpower to showcase their unique partnership.

The launch of the Namola app took place at the Rathanda Shamila Taxi rank on 11 May 2017, and was a showcase of how technology can be at the forefront of combating crime in South Africa.

There were twenty cars fitted with Namola tablets, and a parade of thirty-three officers who recently attended Namola training at a local army base.

Executive Mayor of the Lesedi Local Municipality, Lerato Maloka, addressed the crowd and encouraged the audience to stretch their imaginations to visualise a world where committing a crime would be almost impossible because of technological innovation.

Namola Chief Ambassador Yusuf Abramjee followed the Mayor and spoke about the project's bright future. “We are delighted today to officially launch the pilot project. We are also talking to the leadership of the South African Police Service and hopefully very soon we'll be able to take it to the 10111 centres.”

Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane reiterated the message and encouraged community members to download Namola saying that “for some time there has been an outcry about response time in our communities” and that Namola would help to reduce this response time dramatically.

The severity of the impact of South Africa's high crime rate on those living in low-income communities cannot be overestimated. With no access to infrastructure like transport, working street lights and private security, these communities are hardest hit by our country's crime epidemic.

The Namola app is a unique solution to South Africa's crime problem because it uses technology to put the power to create positive change in the hands of citizens.

Namola was designed by Happimo, a non-profit organisation, to be inclusive and is accessible to anybody with a GPS-enabled smartphone. A press of a button dispatches the nearest emergency responders to the citizen's GPS coordinates and has been shown to be 11x faster than conventional systems. The system also allows for live tracking of vehicles and alerts to improve accountability and responsiveness.

The adoption of Namola by the Gauteng Traffic Police is an innovative step forward and has already drawn accolades from around the world, including interest from Scotland Yard.

The public are encouraged to test the power of Namola for themselves by downloading it for free.

Reporting an emergency via the app will trigger a call from the Namola call centre so be sure to answer the call when testing or an emergency vehicle will be sent to your location.

Namola. Connecting Citizens To Safety.

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