Schoolies urged to record violence with new app
A PERSONAL security app which records video and audio and sends an alert to trusted family members and friends is being launched in the lead-up to Schoolies Week.
The MyWitness Safety has been developed by a Sydney based tech firm, MyWitness and is launching today on the Google Play Store.
The app can record video evidence, alert loved ones and assist authorities and is intended to improve individual safety and deter crime, its promoters say.
"MyWitness addresses public safety concerns by providing citizens with a non-violent, video evidence based, personal response and protection system on a device already in their pocket,'' a statement from the company says.
The app includes a Quicktrigger feature on Android phones that can be launched in less than two seconds from standby mode.
Once activated, video and audio starts recording from your smart phone, your GPS coordinates are tracked, and an alert is sent to a pre-selected personal response team via email and sms.
MyWitness cannot be intimidated or destroyed as the data you capture is transmitted to secure, cloud-based servers for safe-keeping.
The app remains in the control of the customer, whether they activate an alert for personal reasons or as a witness, and notifies only their trusted friends and family when they choose to.
Promoters say increased public awareness of MyWitness could actively deter crime by making criminals aware of how easily the system can record, transmit and store precise details of their crime protecting their intended victims.
"We have discussed community safety concerns with individuals, families and charity groups and have had an overwhelming response to the MyWitness solution" said Adam Jones, founder of MyWitness.
"Everybody we speak with has someone they'd like to protect and have either been directly affected by a crime at some point in their lives, or know someone who has.''
"For as little as $1.99 per month, MyWitness can add a layer of protection to you and your loved ones and provide additional peace of mind."