Saturday February 23, 2013
MyDistress app gets 200 downloads daily
By AUSTIN CAMOENS
PETALING JAYA: The success of the MyDistress mobile app can be gauged by the fact that more than 200 people download the app every day.
Officer in charge of National Key Results Area for Selangor Deputy Supt Mohamed Mohsein Mohamed Zon said 156,911 mobile users had the app.
The MyDistress app gives people easy access to the police with just a tap on their smartphones.
“Picking up the phone to call us takes time as sometimes the lines could be busy or the situation is unsafe for callers.
“When the SOS function is activated on the app, police will be despatched,” he said.
The app, created in conjunction with Convep Mobilogy Sdn Bhd, proved to be a success soon after its launch, when on Sept 23, 2011, police were alerted to a house break-in attempt.
Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said the homeowner in Sungai Buloh used the application at 4.43am.
A patrol car was sent and two suspects were detained for questioning.
More recently, an alert resident, who used the MyDistress app, helped police nab a suspected burglar on Sept 15, 2012.
In the 2pm incident, two policemen spotted two men on a motorcycle behaving suspiciously in the Section 7, Taman Serdang Raya, housing area.
When they approached, the suspects abandoned the motorcycle and fled in different directions.
Policemen lost their trail after 1km.
Police received a MyDistress alert about a man hiding in a manhole in Section 8 and caught the suspect after a scuffle.
Since its launch in August 2011, the smartphone app has gained international recognition too, bagging an Award of Merit in the e-Government and Services category at the MSC Malaysia Asia-Pacific ICT Alliance (Apicta) Awards in Brunei on Dec 3, 2012.
The app is compatible with Android, Apple, Symbian and BlackBerry smartphone operating systems.
To download the app, visit http://mydistress.net.