Gauteng Traffic Police adopt high-tech crime-fighting through Namola App

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The Gauteng Traffic Police have joined the Tshwane Metro Police Department in using technology to fight crime after adopting the Namola app.

Namola was first piloted in the City of Tshwane in February 2015, when the city partnered with Huawei and Ever Africa, a company co-founded by former Project Iziswe head, Alan Knott-Craig Junior.

The app was designed by Happimo, a non-profit organisation, to be inclusive and is accessible to anybody with a GPS-enabled smartphone. A press of a button dispatches the nearest emergency responders to the citizen’s GPS coordinates and has been shown to be 11 times faster than conventional systems.

The system also allows for live tracking of vehicles and alerts to improve accountability and responsiveness.

The Traffic Police launch took place at the Rathanda Shamila Taxi rank on 11th May, and was a showcase of how technology can be at the forefront of combating crime in South Africa.

Twenty police cars  fitted with Namola tablets, while 33 officers who’ve already been trained on using the app were also there to demonstrate how it works.

Namola Chief Ambassador Yusuf Abramjee said there are plans in the pipeline to extend the app to 10111 centres.

“For some time there has been an outcry about response time in our communities. Namola will help to reduce this response time dramatically,” said Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, who encouraged community members to download it.