How GPS, Wearable Tech and Apps Can Enhance Safety

Technology affects the way we live, communicate and think. Our life is run by GPS tracking systems, wearable techs, mobile phones and apps to a large extent.

The GPS tracking systems of today are revolutionary – they don’t just take us from point A to point B but also offer a level of safety and security, especially for drivers. According to reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO), a whopping 1.25 million people die annually from road traffic deaths. Read on to find out how a GPS tracking system is beneficial to us on the road every day:

  1. It alerts drivers when they go over the speed limit.
  2. It reduces the incidence of hard braking or acceleration.
  3. It alerts drivers when they are not wearing their seatbelt.
  4. Maintenance of the vehicle i.e. oil changes, tire rotations etc. can be added as alerts.

You can also pick up affordable state-of-the-art wearable technology on Gumtree that can enhance personal and workplace safety. Read on to find out how:

  1. Monitoring: The wearable tech can monitor injury, posture, heart rate and more in employees for signs of fatigue or distress.
  2. Alerting: These devices can also alert users of harmful situations including dangerous levels of toxins or noise.
  3. Training: Some wearable tech can be programmed to help users learn tasks through real-time training and instructions.

Finally, there are several apps that you can download in South Africa to keep yourself safe and secure. These include:

  1. Namola: This is considered the country’s most well-known safety app that provides emergency response services
  2. My SAPS: This app was developed in partnership with Vodacom to enhance communication between the public and police.
  3. Life360: This app allows you to create ‘Private Circles’ of family and friends to check on their locations and real-time whereabouts.
  4. Bull Horns Panic Button: This app, which is perfect for close-knit communities, can send alerts to the closest available responders.

Now that you have the knowledge, it is time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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