The point of security for women on any basis has become a question. Besides the olden day culture, women are being allowed to independently move out today. Women are found to be achieving their feats even a step higher than men. Apart from all this, though women seem to be coming out of their shells, the issues that bother their security have never been amended till date.
A woman cannot be accompanied by a man or any one who she trusts all the time to take care of her safety. She can protect herself by the only means of self-defense. For the sake of women’s self-defense, technology has come forward to help with its advanced mobile applications and few other which could be used with iPads. This is sensible because every woman carries a mobile phone with her everywhere.
Under this discussion, ten applications that support women security are briefly been summarized.
Sentinel is the very first application that has been designed for the purposes of women’s security. The application can be used on smart phones with Android, Symbian, iOS, Blackberry and Java operating systems. The purpose of Sentinel is to send multiple alert messages and mails on various unmanageable situations from the woman’s phone. The messages will be sent to the pre-configured numbers and mail ids.
The alert messages would contain the information such as the location where the woman had lastly been at, direction of travel, mode of transportation and the vehicle number. These details have to be entered by the user. The messages will be triggered by itself at three possible circumstances i.e., firstly when the user’s phone loses its signal for some time a ‘fail safe’ message will be sent, secondly when the app is incorrectly being exited and lastly when the earpiece is forcibly being switched off. The application could be downloaded from http://sentinel.mindhelix.com/
This is the India’s first mobile application for women security on smart phones. Fightback serves by sending SOS alert messages to the guardians and servicing agencies. The application makes use of GPS, SMS, email, GPRS, maps and Facebook accounts to pass the urgent message. The information in the messages would include the details about the place wherein the user had been. Fightback could be used by tapping on the button at the centre, which by pressing it activates the contacts that offer emergency services.
Hollaback has been designed for security purposes regarding street harassment that could be used on iPhone and Android. It believes that street harassment are the root cause for every other sexual violence. The application includes a harassment prevention website ihollaback.org. The users are being encouraged to post the picture of the harasser on the site so that he would be exposed and people who would tend to do like him will also be warned. The stories of such incidents which happen in public buses, with familiar or unfamiliar persons are encouraged to be posted on the wall of the website. The Hollaback is also an organisation which serves to bring an end to street harassment.
#4. Delhi Helpline
The most sensational news about the flaws in women safety and security was the Delhi rape incident. Soon after the incident took place many preventive measures are being taken and one among them is the Delhi Helpline. The application includes numbers of several emergency services such as women helpline services, student helpline services, shelter homes, child abuse helpline etc.
#5. I Am Safe
I Am Safe is a travel friendly application which serves to track the user at any location. The application is mostly being recommended for the visually impaired. All that it requires is the destination number. When the number has been configured, the rest everything is carried on by itself. It uses the GPS facilities to automatically locate the person. The guardian/parent will consistently keep receiving notification messages about the place.
Guardly is a personal security services which could be used on iPhone, iPod, Android, Blackberry and Windows 7. The application includes a network wherein several important details could be saved on the profile page for user identification purposes such as date of birth, hair colour, height, weight, physician’s name and number, medical information, insurance details etc. Guardly tends to make calls to the preconfigured numbers on the phone and also provides facilities to make conference calls with subscription. The phone call would deliver the name of the user, location and the kind of emergency the user is in.
#7. Eye Watch for Women
Eye Watch for Women is a special application for women security. The application could track the location of the user even when there is no GPS connection. This serves to be very much useful as it sends notification messages to keep the guardians alert.
Cab4Me is a mobile cab finder application that could be used on iPhone and Android. The application assists to quickly find a cab at the times when quite necessary. With the Cab4Me database, the cabs can be called for from the nearby taxi stand. There are two main tabs in the application i.e., the call tab and favourites tab. The call tab provides a list of cab companies at a location along with their payments for a drive. A Trip Calculator is being introduced in the paid versions of about $1.99 to calculate the cost in advance. The favourites tab lists a number of cab companies favourite to the user and also the history of the companies that had been called for previously.
#9. Scream Alarm
Scream Alarm is totally a different application that provides security for women at insecure places. The application screams aloud in a female tone when the woman feels difficult to make any kind of sound for self defense In the case of a woman who is considered to mum, Scream Alarm would be really useful. The alarm that the application triggers would definitely make the perpetrator take a step behind from harassing the woman.
#10. Circle of 6
Circle of 6 is specially designed for college students who have an iPhone. Besides it could also be used by any woman or girl. It is used to handle threatening situations. Circle of 6 is also a messaging service wherein two taps on the tab will send an alert message to the pre-chosen 6 contacts and also triggers a call. The application is pre-programmed with several national hotline numbers and a local number which could be later customized by the user. The messages that would be sent include the details of the user’s location.