Concerned Dad Creates App to Livestream School Shootings

courtesy Xina PR


Meet James A. Samuel, Jr., a father of two, and a fighter pilot turned tech innovator who has developed a cloud-based app called ANJEL Tech that enables students to alert their parents faster in the event of a school shooting. During an emergency, the app discreetly turns any smartphone into a personal body cam that sends out automatic notifications to their loved ones with live video streaming, audio, and the child’s exact GPS location.

School shootings in America occur at a horrific rate, with 27 occurring so far this year! James says that he came up with the idea to create the app to keep his own children safer in America, given the increasing threats they face in society. Now, however, he wants all children to benefit from it as well.

Here’s how it works:

With a push of a button, the discrete application allows users (students, etc.) to live stream any incident and provide real-time video and audio footage to their loved ones. The app also sends 3 different notifications (text, email, and in-app notifications) to their loved ones alerting them to the video feed. It also sends location updates every 10 seconds to their loved ones viewing their live stream, so they know precisely where their child/student is located and/or moving. As the parents view the live stream, they are also provided personalized directions to help them navigate to their children, and ANJEL Tech securely stores this audio, video, and location information in the cloud for future use and/or downloading.

James, who has two children with his wife, an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old, comments, “The value of this technology is priceless to the peace of mind and situational awareness it provides parents and other loved ones in a time of crisis.”

He continues, “There are many different ways we can address gun violence and safety in our schools and institutions, and ANJEL Tech is among the most practical. As a parent, it literally breaks my heart each time I read about another school shooting, and I truly believe the solution I created to serve my own children in potentially their worst moments can serve others, too. Their safety and my family’s peace of mind are worth it!”

From the website: 

ANJEL Tech turns any smartphone into your own personal body cam.
It’s secure, mobile and cloud-based and was made by people who are passionate about preventing you and your loved ones from becoming another painful statistic.
Too many people know what it feels like to receive a phone call that turns their world upside down in an instant. Humans weren’t designed to drag around such a massive weight of fear and trauma. You deserve to be free!  
We made this app because:  
  • ​We all know what kind of “incidents” we’re referring to without us even explaining
  • Too many systems that were designed to protect us have proven time and time again they’re more interested in upholding the rights of others
  • ​The response from those who are meant to help has been so dismal, we need to arm ourselves with our own protection
  • ​Most senseless violence and hate crimes occur right near home, and yet they’re still happening every day
  • ​Too many of us have experienced this ourselves, or we know somebody that has
  • ​We have mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunties and uncles just like you and we’re not about to let them slip through our fingers if we can help it
  • ​We should have never had to even conceive of an app like this, but there were all these problems, along with the available technology to solve them, so here we are!
In short: because our rights always have and always will matter, and it’s about time people started acting like it.