SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean police station has come up with the idea of turning unused old smartphones into security cameras that can be used to improve public safety.
With new security service using old smartphones, developed by the Jungnang Police Station in Seoul, users can install a smartphone security camera anywhere at home after downloading a CCTV app.
If the camera on the Wi-Fi-connected smartphone senses a motion, it instantly sends a push alarm to the user.
The service was created based on an idea proposed by one of the police station’s workers who has elementary school children.
The repurposed smartphones are expected to help parents who worry when they leave children home alone, as well as potential crime victims.
Using old smartphones donated by the district office, the police station is offering the new service to a total of 18 people, including the victims of stalking, dating violence, domestic violence and sexual violence as well as elderly people suffering from dementia.
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