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New app enhances traveller safety

A new smartphone app, iWitness, has been designed to enhance the personnel safety of travellers worldwide.


The app, which is available on iOS and Android mobile devices, aims to prevent attacks and safeguard evidence of any incident.

Dave Remer, Founder and CEO of iWitness, said: “iWitness provides a ‘virtual witness’ in any situation and helps avoid the endless debate about what actually happened. Consumers tell us that using the mobile app gives them peace of mind. Police tell us it may also act as a deterrent to an attack.”

iWitness allows both travellers and locals to select their region and then it automatically localises to the emergency resource equivalent of 911. Currently, the app has over 146 countries included in the application.

Once downloaded on a smartphone, the user simply touches ‘record’ any time they’re walking alone, are in an uncertain situation, or feel uncomfortable. The service broadcasts audio or video clips and automatically uploads the data to a secure cloud server. The video does not stay on the phone, so there’s nothing any attacker can do to erase it.

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