Toronto-based Guardly Corp.’s mobile safety solution is to be adopted by the Crime Prevention Association of Toronto (CPAT) in a bid to bring a modern technology aspect to the city-wide neighbourhood watch program, according to a press release.
As a government funded and community-based organization with a mandate to reduce crime by empowering local businesses and individuals, will roll out an app branded as notifEYE mobile that uses Guardly’s mobile mass notification system. Guardly was selected after a research and evaluation process looking at public safety technology solutions, according to the release.
“As we continue to provide guidance on effective crime prevention, reporting and tracking strategies to our community, we focus on delivering networking opportunities that raise the level of community-involved security in crime-affected areas and encourage resource sharing and community cohesion. Guardly technology adds an important layer to our grassroots emergency communications and community infrastructure,” states Jeff Paulin, president of CPAT, in the release.
Guardly’s platform combines a Web-accessed dashboard usually monitored by security dispatchers with a mobile app that can quickly deliver critical information in an emergency situation. The app features a one-touch button that can mass message a pre-determined set of contacts that could include a private security firm or other operations centre. The notifEYE mobile app will be available subscription in the coming months and subscribers will have access to detailed reports via the Web portal. Those reports could help forecast safety and security needs for government, police, social services, businesses, and individuals, according to Guardly.
Guardly creates apps that are available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. Its mobile locating feature can include not only GPS data, but the building, floor, and room number of a device used to send out a distress call.
CPAT has been running Neighbourhood Watch programs since the early 1980s.