A New Phone App to Prevent Attacks at Military Camps

A new deal is on the pipeline for the US Army for preventing crimes and terrorist activities. The U.S. Army is using a new crime reporting application for smartphones called “iWatch Army” at 17 U.S. bases to boost its anti-terrorism and anti-crime efforts.

In less than 8 seconds, the software forwards tips to the appropriate unit. It also has its own notifications, so you can get an alert if there is a credible threat. While iWatch Army is not meant to replace emergency services, it could be crucial to catching terrorists before they are ready to strike. The iWatch system uses algorithms to automatically analyze inbound tips based on the FBI’s crime reporting codes and then forwards them to the appropriate agencies, or officers.

CloseWatch founder Daniel Elliott, a telecommunications executive, said, ‘iWatch brings the concept of the neighborhood watch to the Facebook generation.’ He was driven to create better communications tools for law enforcement after his brother’s fiancée was murdered in 1989 and he was robbed at gunpoint.

The U.S. military has been on high alert for possible attacks at U.S. locations after incidents such as the July 2015 shooting rampage that killed five service members at two military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the 2009 shooting at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas.

The ultimate goal is to make iWatch the go-to crime prevention tool for the US military and its allies. As the US Army seems more comfortable in texting rather than making a call, it is a realistic decision.