Gurgaon,Faridabad police encourage ‘smart’ safety

Apps will send SOS to police control rooms,hospitals and three guardians in case of an emergency.

Written by ANCHAL DHAR | Gurgaon | Published:December 25, 2013 1:50 am

With an eye on public safety,especially that of women,Gurgaon and Faridabad police on Tuesday launched mobile safety applications to provide a convenient and efficient mode of communication in an emergency.

The application,Eyewatch Gurgaon,is an initiative of the Gurgaon police in collaboration with Smart24x7 Response Service and Indianeye Security Pvt Ltd.

“Police came up with this initiative to provide people additional security and help them in case of emergencies such as incidents of stalking and sexual harassment. This is a new approach towards strengthening existing protection,” Gurgaon Police Commissioner,Alok Mittal,said.

The application leverages on the large market for the smartphones in the country.

According to police,once the app is installed on smartphones,it allows users to trigger alerts within three seconds by pressing a red SOS button and communicate with police and others via SMSes,emails and voice calls.

The application allows the user to save the contact details of three guardians,the police control room and a nearby hospital. Once the user hits the SOS buttons,alerts are sent to all three.

Police said the location of the user (latitude,longitude,street address) can be tracked after the alert activates (live tracking). It automatically records a 30-second pre-alert audio stream and a post-alert 20-second video stream.

Five photographs taken by the user on his or her smartphone can also be viewed by the call guardians. The app helps record the user’s battery level and network signal strength,and this is displayed on the control centre,police said.

“All the alert data is sent and stored on to a secure Amazon cloud-based server. The call guardians can access and view the alert data via our website. It sends the user’s location to contacts to confirm that he or she is safe,” the app developer said.

Meanwhile,the Faridabad police launched an ‘IMSAFE’ application for women.

“By downloading this app,the user can send alerts by pressing a red button. An SOS will be sent to the police control room. Even pictures of suspects and car number plates taken on the mobile phone can be accessed by police. Those who don’t have smartphones,can contact Faridabad police via SMS,” A S Chawla,Commissioner of Police (Faridabad),said.

Police said the app works indoors — inside buildings or a moving car. Police claimed it is the only app that records audio periodically before alert activation. “It has been audited and certified by independent security experts,” a senior police officer said.

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