Vumacam and NAVIC are joining forces in an alliance aimed at extending the reach and influence of the SafeCity initiative throughout South Africa.
Up until now, the initiative has solely relied on Vumacam technology and cameras.
This collaboration, supported by infrastructure and technology, strengthens SafeCity’s fundamental principles of community, collective accountability, and the ability to foster a safer environment for all communities, irrespective of socio-economic backgrounds.
The alliance will support the SafeCity initiative and is set to immediately enhance coordinated efforts to tackle crime in South Africa.
Vumacam and NAVIC will combine their technology and extensive networks to combat crime more effectively. As a cooperative venture, Vumacam and NAVIC will maintain autonomy in the services provided to clients, while working to expand the SafeCity initiative as a collective. This will enhance the initiative’s support for private and public law enforcement in ensuring that lives and livelihoods in communities across South Africa are protected.
The power of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR also known as LPR) technology has been a game-changer in both NAVIC and Vumacam operations. Vumacam’s network statistics show an astounding 80% of arrests or successful interceptions are due to ANPR cameras flagging vehicles of interest (VOIs) linked to an array of crimes, from fraud and theft to more serious offences such as murder and aggravated assault. Similarly, NAVIC’s ANPR network and cloud platform has a significant effect on apprehension rates, illustrating the efficacy of the technology in crime prevention and detection.
Vumacam’s track record of success in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Mogale City complement NAVIC’s strong ANPR and related tools and operational experience in both the large and smaller metros, as well as bespoke services for rural areas across the country.
Building on this success, Vumacam has recently expanded the SafeCity Initiative into Tshwane, aiming to provide more comprehensive coverage.
CEO Ricky Croock says: “We anticipate making the same impactful contributions in Tshwane as we have seen in other regions, leveraging the proven effectiveness of Vumacam’s infrastructure and NAVIC’s advanced tools. This expansion further strengthens our commitment to enhancing safety and security, extending our reach to benefit more communities and stakeholders across the country.
“Collaborating with NAVIC brings an additional level of expertise and network expansion to the SafeCity initiative. Combining our key competencies and teams’ expertise will enhance our ability to deliver solutions that make a real difference in supporting private and public law enforcement and curbing crime.”
The company also has a history of successful collaboration with security companies, municipalities, neighbourhood watch organisations and community groups across South Africa.
Jason Berry, CEO of NAVIC adds: “This partnership is testament to the philosophy that South Africa’s fight against crime is more effective when the key role players work together. This lays the foundation for further collaboration between the two companies, on unarguably the largest ANPR/CCTV network in the country, benefitting multiple market sectors.”