by Lethu Nxumalo
HOUGHTON – A security company launches a smartphone app designed to provide a swift service.
Security company, Vision Tactical, has launched a smartphone panic app that turns your phone into an emergency system when in trouble.
The VTAC app, which is linked to the security company’s control room and armed response, is designed to help users in emergency situations to request assistance from emergency services such as armed response, the nearest police station, medical assistance from ER24 and the nearest fire station.
Upon receipt of an emergency request from a user, Vision Tactical identifies the exact location of the user in distress via live GPS tracking and contacts the required respondent.
Acting ER24 Joburg North branch manager, Cornelius Venter, said the app would enable users to receive quick medical help at the press of a button without any time being wasted. He said sometimes during emergencies, it took time to locate patients and the app was the solution.
Yaseen Theba, director at the security company, said it was important to provide their service to their clients wherever they were, and using this technology would provide fast, quality service. “In stressful situations, it’s easy to activate the panic [mode] and let professionals handle all the rest,” said Theba.
“We respond in the areas we patrol in under five minutes.”