By Prince Okafor
If you’ve ever watched a Hollywood crime fighting movie, it only makes sense that you’d be enamored about the level of technology that goes into reporting incidents to law enforcement and investigating perpetrators. You probably wondered: “When will this sort of thing come to Nigeria?”
If the developers of Hawk Eye live up to their promise, then the time for that is now.
Recently launched by Web Asset Ltd, a Lagos based technology company, Hawk Eye is a mobile application that uses an innovative technology to checkmate crime in Nigeria.
Speaking during the launch at Abuja, Chairman Web Asset Ltd, Mr. Kayode Aladesuyi, said 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.
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.
On his part, “Managing Director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Ernest Mupwaya, 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.