Kenyan High School Girls Create New Exciting Security App



Stephen Vincent Benet once said that youth is the pollen that blows through the sky and does not ask why. I firmly believe that there is nothing more important for a country than to invest in the future of its young people, and African youth has certainly proved and keeps on proving that it is worth being invested in- a generation of creative, tech gurus that are using technology to fix everyday problems- we couldn’t be more proud!

Tired of a lack of security in Kenyan residential estates, five high school girls from Misyani Girls High School have developed an app that acts as a security control computer system which is expected to “digitise” crime reporting.

The security app is able to capture biometric details of an individual by using the person’s eye and relay it to security agencies across the world.

“To use this app, the entrance gate should have a CCTV camera and a biometric system that captures the eye’s iris,” said Rachel Ngeneke, the team leader, speaking to Standard Media Kenya. According to this group of girls, the cameras can work both during the day and at night.

“When non-registered foreigners visit the premises, their irises are captured then verified with the Government database to first establish whether they are in the country legally or have been cleared by the authorities. If they are not cleared, the system – connected to a police hotline, automatically signals the police by sending a text message,” Ngeneke adds.

The article further reads that if the visit is approved, the system connects to the mobile phones of the 10 neighbours and sends a text message that a certain house has been visited by an unusual visitor.

“The Government is currently looking at the Nyumba Kumi initiative to tackle insecurity and if this app is adopted, it could boost such efforts,” said John Mutisya, one of the teachers overseeing the app.

The programme is being run by I Choose Life Africa (ICL), a local NGO, in collaboration with Microsoft. ICL is a leading Kenyan NGO registered in 2004 that works with a number of different organisations to design interventions to solve problems in various communities.

The girls were part of an initiative called Digigirlz, a Microsoft Youths Spark programme that educates young girls in the fields of science and technology, engineering and mathematics, to encourage them to participate in global economic growth.