SmartSapp is short for 'Smart School Application', a
multifaceted application developed with the primary aim of strengthening child security in
schools, and giving parents more control to ensure it.
"I drop off my kids every morning with NO record to show for it.
They get picked up from school without any form of verification of the person picking them up.
We need to help our schools take better care of our wards. They are the reason we're
These are the words of Mr. Frank D. Natie, team leader of SmartSapp. These
security issues and others pushed him to seek a solution that would combine child-security and
parent convenience without the hassle that often comes with increased security measures. Unable
to find one, he created his own ... and SmartSapp was born.
Children deserve to feel safe at school and every parent should have the peace of mind that
all aspects of their child's school day are fully protected. However,systems currently run in
numerous schools across Ghana are not adequately equipped to account for when children arrive at
and leaveschool. Unauthorised individuals known to children (neighbours, relatives,ex-family
drivers, etc.) pose the greatest risk to child safety in schools and abuse in general as kids
tend to trust them. It is therefore important that only persons authorised by parents have
access to their children at school.
On a daily basis, children leaving school premises without any record of who picked them up
poses a huge security risk for both school authorities and parents. Schools often do not know
how many kids have left and how many are still on their premises. Consequently, responses to
emergency situations are bound to be chaotic and the risk of children leaving the school
premises with strangers is very high.
SmartSapp caters to the current lapses in child-security in our schools, offering
real-time security for children;
convenience for parents and simpler and smarter systems schools.
SmartSapp Drop-off/Pickup feature does multiple things at once -
Arrival and departure of children is electronically scanned and recorded. Upon scanning at
arrival, attendance of students is automatically taken, hence no need for a manual register in
classrooms. During pickup, all persons are verified electronically with their pictures as
authorised before they can leavewith any ward. The process is quick and efficient, thereby
drastically reducing congestion at schools during these critical times. Additionally, parents
have real-time data on when their wards were dropped or picked up from school, and by whom. This
equally serves to check child truancy in schools.
Together. these features allow for speedy human accountability on a daily basis, as well as in
emergency situations (lock-down, fire, natural disaster, terrorist attacks, etc.).
Processes such as fee payment, provision of school supplies, canteen management and the likes
are all made more convenient by using electronic means to track and facilitate the processes
involved. With less paperwork, less resources used for daily affairs and streamlined processes,
schools can reduce their operational costs and save money by running more efficiently on
SmartSapp and its many benefits is availablefor parents whose
wards' schools are signed up on the SmartSapp Network. Parents can speak to their wards' schools
about SmartSapp and the team will come over to do a free live demonstration. Likewise, schools
can also contact SmartSapp directly for the live demonstration to experience how things work,
Once installed, SmartSapp requires a pin to be created,thereby preventing unauthorized access.
Data transmission between the application and all servers and devices is encrypted and a
firewall protects against attacks. A separate specialised technology protects against "Brute
ForceAttacks" while (HSTS)protects against packet sniffers. Enhanced server security - server
hardening - protects against numerous attacks.
Schools will provide authorised persons with hard copy printed
QR code cards that can be used to safely and securely drop off or pick up wards.
SmartSapp makes it possible for parents to quickly and easily
remove,disable or stop any driver or delegate from picking their wards with the press of a
SmartSapp scanners can work comfortably offline. Parents'
version can work in offline mode.
SmartSapp is cloud based and can be assessed on any device
(android,iOS,web - admin portal) from anywhere in the world once you connect to the