A group of young Nigerians have identified how to leverage technology and innovation to develop a system that in the long run will help reduce crime rates, offer assuring security to its users, and provide performance and situational analytics for individuals, emergency operators and government that would in the future shape how we deal with crime in Nigeria.
According to Mr Okey Madubuike and David Echieanu, Triggr co-founders, “Triggr is a new personal security and emergency coordination mobile application for real-time location sharing, event notification and collaboration among family members, friends, and associates”.
Available on Android and iOS, Triggr is designed for both individuals and corporate organisations, who when threatened by circumstances, desire the quickest engagement with their most trusted allies regardless of physical distance, and their most approximate, reliable service providers. The launch version covers 12 emergency events comprising car breakdown, accident, robbery, flood, rape, kidnap, riot, fire, gas leakage, stalking, sickness, and suicide.
In their words, “with Triggr, users are no longer alone in times of distress. They simply press corresponding buttons on the app to broadcast useful information such as emergency type, location, time, physical distance of each preset ally, and more. This works for both online and offline mobile phones. The app instantly loops all the alerted allies into a dedicated virtual Group Coordinated Response (GCR) chat room, to synergize their efforts, and prevent conflicting response activities.
The group said the app offers a self-help feature to both the user and the allies to find nearby service providers (within expandable 40km circumference), giving their names, contact addresses, contact phone numbers, distances from the distress location, public ratings, and whether they are still open or closed for business at that critical time.
The app, therefore, offers a feature for service providers in different locations within the country to register and be verified; and if approved, be listed for service referencing in emergencies within their localities. As an added support for the community of users, Triggr also provides a free list of government-approved emergency numbers for related agencies at different locations in the country.
“With many more exciting features in the works, it is no doubt a very handy tool for households, friends, travellers, vehicle owners, employers, employees, medical service providers, law enforcers, drivers, businesses, groups, security operatives (including vigilante and estate securities) and everyone in communities.
“The Triggr app is easy to use and available for download on Google play store. It is revolutionising emergency and security management in Nigeria, and is your best friend in that critical time of need,” the firm said.