Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
As part of efforts towards safeguarding the national security, curbing utility thefts and other crimes in Nigeria, Web Asset Limited, a Lagos-based technology company, has launched an interactive crime reporting system, tagged Hawk Eye.
Hawk Eye is a mobile app that uses an innovative technology to checkmate crime in Nigeria.
The app which was launched recently in Abuja was piloted by Mr. Kayode Aladesuyi, Chairman Web Asset Ltd., and developer of the Hawk Eye app.
The pilot launch was aimed at demonstrating how the app could be useful in finding a solution to the menace of utility and energy theft plaguing the electricity sector.
The official launch had key stakeholders in the electricity sector from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), a representative of Huawei, technical partners of the Hawk Eye app, Mr. Harry Cui, as well as curious members of the public.
The demonstration highlighted the distinctive features of the app like the ability to select crime types, capture and send videos, images or text messages of the crime and direct these to appropriate security authorities for immediate action.
Speaking at the event, Aladesuyi stated that the system offers a crime management platform with a robust command and control centre dashboard to display location of crime scenes and the nearest officers to respond to the reported crime.
According to him, the Hawk Eye system is the first national crime reporting system in the country and is one of the ways in which the public can lend its support to reinforce the governments’ unrelenting efforts in safeguarding lives and properties across the country.
He explained that beyond reporting utility theft for the energy sector, the app had been developed with the potential to work with different security agencies and institutions in the country and deal with crime at all levels from kidnapping, vandalism, civil unrest, terrorism, extortion, etc.
He said: “We are always looking for better and more contemporary ways of safeguarding lives and private properties, including public utilities. The app which is a niche crime reporting app, will address the infrastructural gap in the area of emergency response system through internet-enabled mobile phones. The app also provides an alternative, fast and easy way of tackling security issues with exposure to lesser risks.”
“Hawk Eye enables officers in the field to receive dispatched incidents and option to file reports in real-time even while in remote locations. Through its unique offering of Global Announcement feature, the app allows communication with different communities on national emergencies, most wanted persons, among other emergencies. In addition, Hawk Eye provides a FindMe feature for users to notify Rapid Response units or family members in the event of kidnapping incidents,” he said.
The Managing Director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Ernest Mupwaya, in his remarks said, “Energy theft is crippling the revenues of electricity distribution companies and impacting negatively on growth.” He explained that the distance and communication gaps were hindrances to checking criminal activities in the sector, adding that the app, as a security enabler would bridge these gaps.
Hawk Eye can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store and iOS
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