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Tech Times | Digicel, FLOW endorse Stay Alert app

Published:Monday | February 13, 2017 | 2:00 AM

Telecommunications providers Digicel and FLOW this week endorsed the Stay Alert app, introduced by the Ministry of National Security, as an important technological tool in the fight against crime.

Both companies agreed to preload the app on all devices being sold to their customers in Jamaica, and to also send text messages to existing customers encouraging them to download the app. The announcement was made at a press briefing held at the Ministry of National Security's head office recently.

Speaking at the press briefing, Minister Robert Montague lauded both organisations for their willingness to partner with the ministry for the promotion of the app. He said, "We started with just about 2,000 subscribers last February, and increased that to just over 40,000 users of the app in less than a year. With this partnership with Digicel and FLOW, we hope to push the numbers to over one million in short order. I want to congratulate both organisations for agreeing to preload the app and for making it available for free to their customers."

 

STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION

 

Head of Digicel Business, Brian Bennett Easy, in endorsing the Stay Alert app, said, "More than ever, we have observed that technology is being used in ways we never thought possible. We believe that the Stay Alert app is a major step in the right direction and, ultimately, it will provide our security forces with the information they need and our citizens with the peace of mind that the information provided. It will make a difference. Our mission is to ensure that all smartphone Android users have the app as a standard feature."

The Stay Alert app was developed and launched in 2014. Since the renewed push, a number of smartphone users have downloaded and have used the app to send valuable information to the police or alert the police when in distress by pressing the panic button.

Speaking on the current success and usage of the app, head of product support at FLOW, Troy Cockings, shared an experience a member of staff had while using the app. He said, "A staff member downloaded the app and pressed the panic button and within three minutes, there was police personnel at the FLOW office asking for the member of staff, indicating that someone had pressed the Stay Alert panic button and was in distress. It was a pleasant experience, so the app actually works. Other security services cost in the thousands, but the Stay Alerts app is free. Consider this your personal bodyguard," he reiterated.