CNN International’s African Voices recently featured Africa’s software pioneer, Herman Chinery-Hesse, who is often referred to as the “father of technology” on the continent.
The interview highlights some of Chinery-Hesse’s innovations, including SOFTtribe, a software developing company based in Accra, Ghana. The tech guru is celebrated for his contribution in breaking through digital divide and improving the use of technology in Africa.
Chinery-Hesse’s latest technological solution aims to use the potential of the cloud to offer what is claimed to be superior protection against armed robberies. Dubbed “Hagelo,” which translates to “Hey, you thief” the service incorporates scratch cards and crowd sourcing through an internet and mobile phone based application.A monthly $10 scratch card allows users to indicate to BSL’s server that their house is under attack. Then, a protection system mechanism is deployed to make sure the thief is caught.