Future plans or parts thereof will either happen in parallel with the UCT roll-out or once the initial University uptake has reached a satisfactory level. Our initial objective is to expand the free offering to the other Universities to allow them the opportunity to partake in this initiative. There are in excess of 800 000 potential users in the University space alone.
Our goal is to grow a National Network of Support Services using E9 in the following key areas:
- ALL the Universities in South Africa (Sponsored)
- Schools and other institutions (Sponsored)
- Neighborhood watches
- Shopping Centers
- Community Police (SAPS)
How? Other initiatives in more detail:
Universities in South Africa
Universities are the seat of early adopters, shoppers, future leaders and captains of industry.
There are 23 Universities in South Africa, this number excludes higher education schools (like Hotel Schools and Business Schools), campuses of International Universities, and other numerous higher education institutions. Within these 23 Universities there are an estimated total of 837 779 students and 79 189 employees. Our initial goal is to target 10 Universities making up seven current SUKEMA clients plus three additional Universities which equates to 352 000 potential users, then to agressively target the rest of the Universities in South Africa.
Note: These figures were obtained from the DoE Statistics in South Africa 2009. The staff figures are a guideline and in some cases close estimates.
The “killer-app” component to our vision is the ability of our system to triangulate the co-ordinates of the alerting cell phone, work out where the nearest control room using Chase is in proximity and to send that alert instantaneously to that specific control room. That control room will then act quickly as they use Chase and are typically geared and manned for such alerts.
This will enable a scenario like the one below to play out which is what actually happens in real life as follows:
“I leave home which is in the Groote Schuur CID to go to lectures at UCT, after lectures I drive to the Cape Town Waterfront to meet a friend and thereafter I go to Canal walk for movies.” In the event that anything happening to me throughout the day and I am forced to activate the E9 alarm I will have one (or two) of a handful of manned and ready Chase control rooms close at hand to quickly respond to my distress call.
A network of overlapping spheres of response will grow (see below) as the supply and demand increases across South Africa.
Other Higher Education Institutions and Schools
Expansion into the many other Higher Education institutions, High Schools and Primary Schools will form the next logical step. Sponsorship will form the basis by which these institutions will benefit.
Existing Chase client base
We will target the existing Chase client base which includes the following industries; security, property management, estates, mining, schools and shopping centres.
The V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, the Liberty Properties Group shopping centres, Old Mutual and Sanlam are existing Chase clients and there are plans afoot to bring E9 to their shoppers and importantly to their clients, the shop owners. E9 will provide retail outlets in the shopping malls including the likes of shop stewards, tellers, sales people, cleaners, merchandisers, etc. with the ability to activate an alarm when in need.
The fact that cell phones are very much part of ones being makes this a very powerful tool in the preventing, and alerting of, crime in shops and shopping centres. There is no longer a need to have a physical panic button which has limited effectiveness and comes at a price.
We have focussed our time and resources in providing Estate management with a very specific Chase solution called the Chase Estates Management System. We will offer E9 as part of this to home owners, tenants and their families for use in and around the Estates.
CID’s (Central Improvement Districts)
"City Improvement Districts (CIDs) have been on the rise in South Africa for just under a decade. Clustered around major urban centres these Districts have come to present a novel way of engaging with security governance in an integrated manner, straddling (local) state and non-state institutions. The main service offered by CIDs in South Africa is security and many have hired private security companies to patrol CID spaces and thereby ‘top-up’ policing and security provision in their designated spaces – which are public spaces. Essentially the rise of CIDs in South Africa has been linked to the rise of private security as the ‘by-law bobby’ and thus represents a shift in the way in which private security has had to think and do policing. CIDs were initially adopted to supplement ailing municipal services and resources so as to reverse urban decline in major city centres – including Johannesburg and Cape Town....” - By Berg, Julie.
We have existing relationships and dealings with CID’s and will look to build on those relationships formulating strong alliances with CID’s throughout South Africa to aggressively promote E9.
Sharing of data – “FBI” database
The sharing of data in the best interests of crime prevention is currently a hot topic and strategy within organisations representing Universities (like Camprosa), shopping centres (SCCSA) and estates alike. Through the use of Chase, central data sharing is a reality which is continually being worked on to aid the communities these organisations and their members serve.
Data is “sliced and diced” and represented in various ways using the best technology and human resources available. Our Business Intelligence (BI) component is critical in aiding prediction/prevention rather than cure in a society where the criminals seem to always be 1 step ahead.