The purpose of the new text messaging service, launched on the initiative of the Kazakh Prosecutor General’s Office, is to prevent abuses by law enforcement agencies and improve citizens’ access to the office. From now on, when authorities visit a company unannounced, its head can promptly find out if the visit is lawful. Previously, they had to type in the registration number of the warrant, shown by the law enforcers, on www.pravstat.kz web-site.
However, not all entrepreneurs would have immediate web access under those circumstances. The Prosecutor General’s Office decided to make inquiries even easier for entrepreneurs with a text messaging service, for which i-Free has handled the technological side and provided a short number: 1012.
Now all you have to do to find out whether if the visit is legitimate is to send the warrant registration number via sms. The reply, that takes a few seconds only, will inform the sender which location is supposed to be visited, which agency conducts the visit, and which officer of that agency is responsible.
“Services like these benefit many people,” said Ekaterina Ivanova, i-Free CIS Business Development Head, commenting on the launch. “We are glad to put our expertise, technical capability and competence in this field to such good use in Kazakhstan. We promise that the service will work without interruptions in all parts of Kazakhstan covered by cellular telephony.”
This is not the first time i-Free works with the Prosecutor General’s Office of Kazakhstan. Last year, i-Free-Kazakhstan provided technical support for a text messaging service under the Electronic Check project, the purpose of which is to enable all Kazakh citizens to promptly check on the status of their petitions filed with the Kazakh Prosecutor’s Office.
A text message to 1012 costs 15 tenge including VAT ($ 0,1).
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i-Free is a Russian innovation-minded company that has expanded around the CIS since 2001 and internationally, since 2006. i-Free is a specialist developer and implementer of innovation projects in mobile and NFC technology, electronic finance, digital content distribution, electronic payments and micropayments, apps for smartphones and new network devices, digital products for the B2C market, and B2B mobile marketing projects.
i-Free is present and operates successfully outside Russia with offices in Kyiv (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus), Almaty (Kazakhstan)
i-Free is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has an office in Moscow. The company currently employs over 450 staff.