|[October 08, 2013]
PFO-Powered Security Bracelet for Human Rights Activists Now in Western Balkans
HELSINKI, Sweden --(Business Wire)--
In the past weeks the Natalia Project (http://www.nataliaproject.org),
a security bracelet with GPS and GSM technology developed by Swedish
based PFO Tech (http://www.pfotech.com)
for Civil Rights Defenders, has been assigned to human rights activists
in Albania and Montenegro. The bracelet enables a bearer to send a
distress signal with a live GPS position to an assigned group of people.
Kristi Pinderi, LGBT activist and Executive Director of the organisation
LGBT Pro in Albania, is exposed to threats and hate crime on a daily
basis. For him, the bracelet represents a strong moral support in his
day-to-day work. "Behind the bracelet there is an entire system and
organisation with people, institutions, and media ready and willing to
act in case of an emergency. It is a way for human rights activists not
to feel alone ad it is definitely the best tool for empowering them.
When you are an activists, sometimes you forget about practical details
like security, you are driven by your activism and ideals," says Pinderi.
Another activist to receive the bracelet is Vanja Calovic, head of MANS,
an organisation that works on corruption issues Montenegro, a country
that has been beset with corruption scandals, often involving
high-ranking officials. "Bearing in mind the nature of MANS work, the
fact that we are investigating some of the most powerful criminals in
the country, and their dealings with politicians, our security is a
matter of concern. I find the Natalia Bracelet a useful security tool
that will be especially helpful during my field work." says Vanja
Johan Carlsson, CEO of PFO Tech (http://www.pfotechnologies.com),
is pleased to see the collaboration with Civil Rights Defenders (http://www.civilrightsdefenders.org)
progressing and expanding globally. "Every bracelet becomes an army of
support for the person wearing it. The knowledge alone that that army
will be notified the minute your safety is compromised will make
anybody's day easier, especially for high-risk workers like rights
activists," says Carlsson.
PFO Technologies (http://www.pfotechnologies.com/about/) is
a Stockholm-based technology firm providing companies and organisations
with GPS personal security systems, including tracking devices, mobile
applications and hosting service.
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