Well I've heard of bad press but this is a bit ridiculous.
I am the Chief Technology Officer of Innovation Leeds.
After reading this article I had to laugh really.
I am not sure where reporters get their facts from and who actually reads this stuff but this article was about as accurate as the Daily Sport, may aswell have put a few half naked woman in the banners!
The messages are not spammed and conform to the relevant legislation. All phone ID's are detected and the messages are either accepted or rejected (user choice). Regardless of the decision, a message will not be sent more than once to any one device. No personal data is recorded from the phones (before you ask).
I guess we will always have sceptics that say that the problem is with the state of the Country, etc. It's easy to stand on the sidelines throwing the stones; this of course really helps to solve the problem!
The phase 1 solution has cost next to nothing to develop and deploy, if it makes a slight difference in raising the awareness of crime then I for one will at least feel like I have made a difference. If for some reason it doesn't, we haven't blown loads of tax payer’s money. If phase 1 is a great success then phase 2 will see some significant spend on an infrastructure solution, however this will only happen if phase 1 is successful. We shall see in good time.
Maybe I'll think about getting a job writing witty articles about subjects that I have picked up from other press releases and no nothing about - insert witty pun here ............
Read the real articles here:
Yes, it's not going to solve all our issues with crime, but every little helps as they say!