• A safety app that works offline too!

    Even as the government fixed the January 2017 deadline for installation of the panic button in all mobile handsets, comes another piece of tech news aimed at women’s security. Delhi-based Mobile Standards Alliance India (MSAI) has introduced an innovative safety application, for which being connected to the internet is no longer a prerequisite.

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    Called ‘I Feel Safe’ – the app has currently been developed for android platforms, and functions just as well in offline mode. So, in case of an emergency, all one needs to do is press a power button five times in a row to activate it, whether or not you are connected to the internet. The app will then sms the distress message along with your location to pre-defined family members.  “The app is aptly leveraging a mobile device to combat crimes against women, terror threats and kidnapping discreetly,” MSAI’s business head Bhawna Kumari told TOI.

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    Here’s all you need to know about ‘I Feel Safe’:

    • Once you activate by pressing the power button five times in a row, the app will quickly send an SMS with the distress message and location to pre-defined family members and an alert call will automatically reach local police authorities.
    • The app automatically coordinates with the map at every one-minute interval allowing a rescuer to view a route map leading to the victim’s real location. The app will keep on sending alerts until it is turned off by the user.
    • The main vision to launch the app was to stress upon women’s safety through digital connectivity.
    • The company is currently coordinating with mobile makers for tie-ups to add ’I Feel Safe’ to all devices.
    • The minimal cost for including this app in mobile devices is just Re 1 per device, which should make it an attractive proposition for mobile players in the market.

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