Ac­ci­dent no­ti­fi­ca­tion app launched

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A MAN from Masvingo has launched a com­puter and mo­bile phone ap­pli­ca­tion, e-box, a safety tool that helps in the record­ing of road traf­fic ac­ci­dents and up­dat­ing rel­a­tives and emer­gency ser­vices.

Mr Ton­gai Sit­hole (27) of Mucheke sub­urb said he came up with the ap­pli­ca­tion af­ter dis­cov­er­ing slow re­ac­tion to ac­ci­dents.

The ap­pli­ca­tion, which is now on Google App Store works even when one is not on In­ter­net as it also sends text mes­sages on one’s mo­bile phone.

Mr Sit­hole said the ap­pli­ca­tion re­quires the trav­eller to fill in con­tact in­for­ma­tion, time of de­par­ture, type of ve­hi­cles he or she is us­ing in­clud­ing its reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, phone num­bers, de­tails of next of kin, des­ti­na­tion and res­i­den­tial ad­dress. He said it also pro­vides map track­ing. Mr Sit­hole said the ap­pli­ca­tion is also a safety tool kit for all trav­ellers and he was work­ing on hav­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion adopted by the Traf­fic Safety Coun­cil of Zim­babwe.

“This is an ap­pli­ca­tion that I have cre­ated af­ter I dis­cov­ered that there is gen­er­ally a slow re­ac­tion to road traf­fic ac­ci­dents in the coun­try. It helps trav­ellers and rel­a­tives to know if the one trav­el­ling has reached his or her des­ti­na­tion safely.”

Mr Sit­hole, an ac­coun­tant with a paras­tatal, said the mo­ti­va­tion to de­velop the ap­pli­ca­tion was rooted in his own ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I have a rel­a­tive who had a se­ri­ous road traf­fic ac­ci­dent some time when I was still at the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe. What dis­turbed me the most was that all rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing me, only knew about the ac­ci­dent af­ter one day, as there was com­mu­ni­ca­tion black­out. I then ap­proached soft­ware devel­op­ers who helped me but I paid $2 000 to have my soft­ware done. I only sup­plied them with the pro­to­type that I wanted and they were done. My aim is to sell this idea to TSCZ and I hope that they can adopt af­ter ap­pre­ci­at­ing how it works,” he said.

He said the ap­pli­ca­tion puts the per­son trav­el­ling un­der sur­veil­lance un­til one is back and read­ily in­forms the next of kin, police and am­bu­lance ser­vice providers through a text mes­sage when the user is in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

“Any wit­ness with the same soft­ware would en­ter the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber of the ve­hi­cles in­volved in the ac­ci­dent and the ap­pli­ca­tion would send warn­ing mes­sages to users. The next of kin of the ac­ci­dent vic­tim will read­ily know that his or her rel­a­tive has been in­volved in an ac­ci­dent and also raise am­bu­lance or hos­pi­tal and police us­ing the same soft­ware,” he said.

Mr Sit­hole said he was also work­ing on an­other soft­ware, a pass­word de­liv­ery ap­pli­ca­tion called Wako, which will be used for par­cel de­liv­er­ies.

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