The Nigeria Police Force in partnership with indigenous and foreign technology firms, has rolled out an app named Hawk Eye, aimed at curbing insecurity across the country.
Hawk Eye is a mobile app that will allow users to report crimes anonymously to the police by video, voice or text.
Developed by Lagos-based tech firm, Web Assets Nigeria Limited, in partnership with U.S. based tech firms BBGN&K, and tech giant Microsoft, in collaboration with the Nigeria Police, the solution provides key technologies such as facial recognition and key performance indicators.
Citizens can download the Hawk Eye crime reporting app for free, select crime type to be reported, capture image, video or call for help. The system uses the Global Positioning System location services on the user’s mobile phone to identify user’s location for immediate police response.
In a statement by the Chief Executive Officer, Web Assets, Mr. Kayode Aladesuyi, “the app is a revolutionary technology because of the enterprise tools it provides the police to respond, address and manage crimes reported.
“With Hawk Eye, citizens are empowered as source of human intelligence in the fight against crimes such as kidnapping, terrorism, robbery, human trafficking, among others.”
He further noted that while Hawk Eye will allow users to report crimes anonymously to the police by video, voice or text, the app is part of a comprehensive security solution that involves the equipping of patrol vehicles with mobile device terminals, providing performance management, data as decision tools and the revamping of the police command and control centers.
Hawk Eye comes in English and native languages such as Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin. It’s now available for reporting by citizens in the FCT and will be coming to Lagos in September, with roll out planned for other states.