The app allows users to send emergency SMSs with GPS information to preset lists of trusted contacts
Software development firm, Telerik, has launched "SafeBridge", a free mobile application which can be used for safeguarding women. Designed to help vulnerable groups such as women, children, professionals, working late at night, foreign tourists and city visitors, the application allows users to send emergency SMSs with GPS information to preset lists of trusted contacts. There is no need for any registration to use the app.
Developed in response to recent spike in crime incidents against women, the beta version of the application is currently available for both low-end and high-end Android phones and will soon be made available for iPhone and BlackBerry devices.
Since opening our office in New Delhi in 2012, we at Telerik have made it our priority to be active citizens of this society. The urgency of the recent incidents required a prompt response and thanks to Telerik' products, we are able to quickly build the application for all types of phone users, says Abhishek Kant, country manager of Telerik India.
Using the safety app is simple. At the start of the application, the user first must preset the contacts of friends and relatives who will be notified in the case of an imminent threat. To decrease response time in emergency situations the app involves just the one-touch function of simply pressing a "HELP ME!" button to send out an SMS with GPS information. In the cases when the threat is over, there is an "I'm Safe" button to immediately notify contacts that everything is alright. "SafeBridge" can function with limited internet or no internet availability on the phone.
Telerik's "SafeBridge" allows the user to personalize the "help" and "safe" messages. The application also provides a "Track Me" feature, which includes sending out the user's current location at pre-determined intervals. The application also includes a Directory of police stations in Delhi. In future, Telerik's team plans to add other Indian cities to this police directory as well as city-by-city contact information of hospitals and NGOs in the country. The app will also include the option to report crimes the user witnesses but may not be the victim of.