Samsung South Africa in partnership with vehicle tracking company Tracker, today announced the launch of an Android-based security app called SHOUT.
The SHOUT app will be available for free from Samsung App market as from April 1, 2012. The app comes standard with three key features: SOS, Crime Search and Hotspot Notification, empowering users with the tools to ensure their safety and fight crime.
Developed as part of the SHOUT SA campaign, these two companies aim to make South Africa a safer place.
Local musicians Danny K and Kabelo are also behind the SHOUT SA campaign, kick-starting the initiative after South African reggae musician Lucky Dube was murdered in Johannesburg back in 2007.
Samsung Electronics South Africa MD Deon Liebenberg says, “We believe that we can play a role in aiding the fight against crime. The Samsung Apps team is proud to be associated with Tracker and SHOUT SA, in creating this first of its kind Android application to put the power of crime fighting in the hands of smartphone consumers across SA”.
Tracker Marketing Manager Bronwynn Tippett says, “Our purpose is for all people in our country to have the freedom to drive. Being a part of this application is just another step toward achieving this”.
- SOS feature
The SOS feature allows users to call for help using a ‘panic button’ built into the application and is displayed as a home screen widget.
Upon selecting the relevant icon, users will be directed to the nearest police station, fire station or hospital based on their GPS co-ordinates.
- Crime Search and Hotspot Notification
The SHOUT app will include a mapping tool plotting crime hotspots in the user’s vicinity. Users will be able to search for crimes by specifying the location, type or time frame of the crimes.