Image: Founder of MiBlackBox, Brent Thomson

CAPE TOWN - The increasing incidence of situations requiring cellphone users to record unfolding events on their mobile devices has prompted the launch of the app MiBlackBox. 

MiBlackBox was developed by MiBlackBox (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Rich Rewards Group in South Africa. MiBlackBox is used as a virtual witness to emergency situations by enabling mobile users to record calls, images and videos and automatically encrypts and stores all recorded data on secure servers.

The recorded files and location information are then sent to preset emergency contacts in case of an emergency using your phone's mapping technology. The app can also identify the nearest police station, fire station or hospital. It can also call a user's armed response company.

Brent Thomson, Managing Director of MiBlackBox says, “We’ve all viewed cellphone footage where those caught in the act attempt to seize victims’ mobile phones."

" With MiBlackBox’s offsite secure server, once incriminating files are recorded, it doesn't matter what happens to the cellphone,” says Brent Thomson, Managing Director of MiBlackBox", says Thomson. 

To register for the service, individual users can visit their webiste or download the MiBlackBox app on the Apple or Android app stores at the cost of R12 per month. 

Each emergency contact  that is added by the user is also notified by SMS at the time of being registered along with a link to download the app should they so wish.

“For cellphone users facing potentially life-threatening situations at home, in the traffic, at work or simply out and about, MiBlackBox is the most reliable virtual witness to events as they unfolded,” says Thomson.