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Netstar and Vumacam’s partnership aims to deliver a safer city to its customers

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Netstar, a leading vehicle tracking and telematics company, announced a new partnership with the SafeCity Initiative powered by Vumacam to further enhance the safety and visibility for their Gauteng customers.

The SafeCity Initiative, launched in 2022 by Vumacam, brings together private and public law enforcement to tackle crime from a holistic, city-wide perspective. This is achieved by creating more visibility through their extensive CCTV camera and partner network. By leveraging this partnership, Netstar now has access to the full network of CCTV cameras in the Gauteng area. This is critical to understanding criminal patterns to aid crime prevention and support criminal investigations.

As a partner in the SafeCity Initiative powered by Vumacam, Netstar will be able to leverage this technology to enhance its surveillance across the city and enable rapid identification of suspicious activities. Furthermore, Netstar will be able to employ video verification using Vumacam’s cutting-edge license plate recognition to assist with vehicle location and thus shortening vehicle recovery time. Netstar has proved their commitment to harness the latest technology advancements by taking their existing vehicle tracking and recovery value proposition beyond just GPS and Radio Frequency (RF) tracking solutions. They believe that this partnership will further propel them to the forefront of the tracking industry.

“The safety and protection of our customers, their loved ones, and valuable assets, as well as the broader community have always been a top priority since Netstar was founded in 1994. With this new partnership, we are extending our offering to give customers an extra layer of protection”, said Grant Fraser, Netstar Group MD. “Should a client’s vehicle tracking device be compromised for whatever reason, we will now also be able to monitor the whereabouts of the vehicle by tapping into the SafeCity network of CCTV cameras”, Fraser adds.

Vumacam CEO Ricky Croock, reiterates how important partnerships with companies like Netstar are, “We have seen how our technology is helping to turn the tide against crime in Gauteng with current interceptions sitting at over 400 monthly. These interceptions are driven not only by our advanced technology, but also by our collaborations with partners like Netstar.” 

Netstar shares SafeCity’s sentiment that this kind of technology should be accessible to all communities, as they have always prioritised corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives. “The partnership with SafeCity reflects the Company’s continued dedication to giving back to the communities we serve,” says Fraser. “By embracing technology to combat crime and promote safety, we are not only providing a better product to our clients, but we are also actively helping to build a secure and prosperous future for all.”

The SafeCity initiative and network of cameras are currently only available in Gauteng, with future expansion into other South African metros.