By: Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 05:30
These apps will help you alert your near & dear ones, & tell them about your exact location in case of emergencies.
In the backdrop of the heinous gang rape case in Delhi there has been renewed concern over the safety of women. Though discussions are still on about the severity of punishments and all other details related to such crimes, women can take a few precautions that could make them a bit safer.Since mobile phones have become ubiquitous, they can be used for security.
Hence, here we bring you five such applications, which could be handy tools for your safety.
This is a GPS based safety alarm that sends SOS messages during emergencies to the mobile numbers you have previously chosen. Recommended by many, it is currently available for Android, iOS and BlackBerry phones and tablets.All you have to do is select a few numbers of your relatives and friends. You can add as many numbers as you want. It comes with a big red button for SMS/call in case of emergencies; you just need to push that, triggering the app to send instant SOS messages to the numbers you have chosen.
The best part about this app is that you can also ask selected friends to follow you live from a distance with real-time GPS tracing, or if you are jogging or hiking you can program your bSafe SOS alarm to get automatically triggered if you have not checked in within a predefined time.
With bSafe you can easily trigger a fake call straight away, or in a few minutes to get out of an uncomfortable situation.I tested this app on my Android phone, and it did send my location to a specified number within three seconds the moment I pressed the SOS button. The app kept sending SMSes to the number with details about my exact location. The application is available for free but needs an active data connection and GPS, which is a very small price to pay for safety.