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Emergency access for all

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The MiBlackBox emergency recording and panic button service is accessible to millions of holiday-makers taking to the roads this summer, regardless of whether they have a R10 000 smartphone or a R100 feature phone.
“MiBlackBox levels the playing-field by enabling potential users to register for the locally-developed virtual witness service via the web or SMS, should they not be able to download the smartphone app,” says Brent Thomson, MD of MiBlackBox.
The increasing incidence of situations requiring cellphone users to record unfolding events on their mobile devices prompted the launch of MiBlackBox last year.
“The tens of millions of local and international visitors who will be enjoying the best South Africa has to offer this summer can rest assured they’ll be able to record calls, images and videos at the touch of a button during a volatile or emergency situation,” explains Thomson.
MiBlackBox automatically encrypts and stores all voice recorded on secure servers. With MiBlackBox’s offsite secure server, once incriminating files are recorded, it doesn’t matter what happens to the cellphone. The service’s primary feature is the ability to set up the service so that recorded files and location information are sent to preset emergency contacts in case of an emergency.
“For cellphone users facing potentially life-threatening situations at home or away, MiBlackBox is the most reliable virtual witness to events as they actually happened. The service means there can be no dispute about what really went down,” says Thomson. The service costs just R30 a month.
To register for the service, individual users can visit www.miblackbox.co.za or download the MiBlackBox app on the Apple or Android app stores.