By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
In its determination to assist the security agencies to curb insecurity in the country, a private firm, Vigiscope limited has developed a situation awareness mobile application for members of the public to alert the security agencies when in trouble.
The app, Quick Emergency Reporting and Response System (QERRS), which will be renewed annually with 12,000 naira, would enable members of the public to report cases of rape, kidnapping, murder, accident and other emergencies.
Speaking yesterday while addressing newsmen in Abuja, the Managing Director of the firm, Richard Akanmode said the application was necessary in the face of growing safety and security challenges globally. “And in line with the trend of adapting technology to address various aspects of living, we are publicly introducing into the Nigerian market, our situational awareness app called the Quick Emergency Reporting and Response System (QERRS).
“The QERRS is a web-based safety and incident management application that makes it possible for a person in distress or at an incident point to swipe on the application and trigger the report of an occurrence. It is also a tool for monitoring locations and keeping surveillance on places of interest.
It offers access to live streaming of situations as they occur. The app has an inbuilt navigation component that can direct responders to points of interest, thereby facilitating prompt response, efficient co-ordination and protection of the response personnel.
“It is therefore, a stand-alone, end-to- end solution and a web-based dispatch for quick emergency reporting of incidents by private citizens, for the prompt action of relevant responders.”
“It is downloaded on a smart phone (Android and Iphone) for quick incidence reporting. It enables incidents to be reported within five seconds of their occurrence, to control rooms located in Agencies such as Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and hospitals or in corporate organizations such as Banks, hotels and factories.
“The report can be done in silent mode with the knowledge of the victims, or by bystanders in case of crime incidents. The user can upload images of the scene and transmit critical incident information to a control center”.