classic | mobile
Follow us on:
Follow us on Facebook  Share via Twitter  Share via LinkedIn
 

Search...
Hi-Tech Security Solutions Business Directory
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2017


Editor's note
April 2008, News

After a few months of struggling to come up with some good news to focus on (my apologies for that!), I am happy to have something positive to report back on...

At the end of February, 702 Talk Radio's morning show host John Robbie followed up on a statement made by a South African Police Service Flying Squad member, that response times of the Flying Squad were sometimes hampered by difficulties in locating addresses. A campaign was launched and listeners opened their wallets. Over R2 million was raised for the purchase of 734 Garmin GPS units for the SAPS.

In March, a new trust fund was launched to mobilise the potential of technology and the country's best minds to address crime.

The Garmin Safety and Security Trust Fund is aimed at providing expertise, tools and strategies to communities in order to give South Africans a level of control and active participation in dealing with their own safety and security, explains Garmin CEO Richard Fearon.

Fearon announced the Trust Fund at the official handover of the 734 GPS units to the SAPS.

The Trust Fund will bring together a 'brains-trust' that will be responsible for developing strategies that will empower communities in the fight against crime. The trust will also manage the deployment of technology in making a positive impact on crime fighting strategies where other resources may be scarce.

"People know what to do when it comes to addressing the power crisis," says Fearon. "We switch off our geysers, we switch off lights. But when it comes to crime we are not sure what to do or how to do it, as communities or as individuals." The Trust Fund will ultimately give South Africans practical ways in which to manage their own safety.

Speaking at the handover, Fearon urged those present to realise the potential we have as communities in managing crime. "I do not want to leave [South Africa], I want to fix it, I want to make it safe for my kids, and for your kids."

"I really believe that we can do this! We can do this!" he added.

Four days after the conception of the Trust Fund, it had already secured funding to the value of R500 000.

Fearon stresses that the Trust Fund is not a charity. "It has to be run on business principles. We will seek the best minds to be our trustees. But of course there must be money for this to happen."

Fearon believes that there is room for all South Africans to participate in the Fund. "Crime is a matter of national importance and therefore national participation is required to make this work."

The Trust Fund will offer opportunities for engagement for those who wish to make donations, share ideas or give their time. For more info, e-mail richardf@garmin.co.za

Lynne Larsen


Credit(s)
Supplied By: Technews Publishing
Tel: +27 11 543 5804
Fax: +27 11 787 8052
Email: vivienne@technews.co.za
www: www.technews.co.za
  Share via Twitter   Share via LinkedIn      

Further reading:

  • The question of trust
    November 2017, Technews Publishing, News
    Access control, identity management, visitor management and whatever else it may be called is all about trust. It’s about assigning a level of trust to an identity that will permit that identity to access ...
  • A question of trust and ­accountability
    November 2017, Technews Publishing, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
    Access and identity management is about trust, how you assign it, how much you allow and how you manage it.
  • Trusting your privilege
    November 2017, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
    Privileged access management is the starting point for effective enterprise identity and access management, whichever device you're logging in from.
  • Identity theft R us
    November 2017, Technews Publishing, News
    There are some people in South Africa thanking whoever they see fit to thank that the government has bumbled to implementation of the PoPI Act for so long. You will have heard about the clever people ...
  • Smart cities are built on smart thinking
    November 2017, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure
    The smart city concept integrates ICT and various physical devices connected to the network to optimise the efficiency of city operations and services and connect to citizens.
  • 2017 product highlights
    November 2017, News
    ExSite enhanced cameras    Avigilon Appearance Search    Suprema FaceStation 2    Finger vein and fingerprint terminal    Solar LED lanterns    4 MP network camera    Penta-brid video from Dahua    BioStar 2 Mobile ...
  • 24/7 acquires SMC
    November 2017, 247 Security Group, News, Security Services & Risk Management
    24/7 Security Services has acquired Security Management Consultants (SMC) and formed a new division focusing on estates and schools, which SMC’s Brian Sharkey will head.
  • G4S one of the top employers in Africa 2018
    November 2017, G4S South Africa, News
    For the sixth consecutive year, G4S has been certified by the Top Employer Institute as a Top Employer Africa 2018
  • SIA awards SA guards
    November 2017, SIA (Security Industry Alliance), News
    The 9th annual Security Industry Alliance (SIA) awards ceremony was attended by almost 450 representatives of the private security industry.
  • Protect your personal information
    November 2017, This Week's Editor's Pick, News, Security Services & Risk Management
    SABRIC encourages consumers to protect their personal information by sharing it very selectively and on a need to know basis only.
  • SOLID webKey is simple security
    November 2017, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security, News
    Ansys débuts its first consumer cybersecurity product with an all-in-one account protection device.
  • Physical and cyber defence centre
    November 2017, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security, News
    XON and NEC Africa will launch their joint Cyber Defence Operation Centre (CDOC), the only such facility from a single service provider in Africa that offers end-to-end physical and cyber defence services.

 
 
         
Contact:
Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronic Buyers Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory (HSBD)

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Other
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual
         
    Mobile | Classic

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.