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Army hopes to crowdsource national security with new app

File - Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi speaks during a press conference in Yarzeh, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army announced Monday that it would launch a mobile application in August to enable citizens to report security threats and benefit from digital services.

“Considering the recent security situation, the Army’s leadership reminds citizens of its decision to launch, starting 1/08/2014, a direct communication channel with them,” an Army statement released Monday said.

The application, which would be available to smartphones with the Android and iOS operating systems, will be called LAF SHIELD, the statement added.

The app will have a range of purposes, one of which being to empower “citizens to contribute in protecting the country,” the statement said.

The app will allow users to send text, photos, audio and video recordings to report any suspicions of bombs, mines, grenades or rigged cars. In addition, users can report security incidents, such as kidnappings, armed robberies and border violations, among others.

According to the statement, the application will also help users participate in the pursuit of outlaws, or in reporting information about kidnapped or missing individuals.

On the passive side, citizens can receive Army news and watch videos, photos or songs.

The application will also offer “an interactive map pointing to dangerous locations [mines, security threats etc. ...],” the statement added, and will also give users the chance to call the Army directly in case of “serious threats.”

The Army called on citizens “to use the application in accordance with its indicated purpose,” stating that the application would ask for each user’s name and phone number, “in order to help the citizen in a better and faster way in cases of emergency.”

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 15, 2014, on page 4.

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Summary

The Lebanese Army announced Monday that it would launch a mobile application in August to enable citizens to report security threats and benefit from digital services.

The application, which would be available to smartphones with the Android and iOS operating systems, will be called LAF SHIELD, the statement added.

According to the statement, the application will also help users participate in the pursuit of outlaws, or in reporting information about kidnapped or missing individuals.


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