Software developed by a Mexican company enables people in dangerous situations to alert police, family and friends by pressing a smartphone button.
The app, created by Sec-App Technologies, is not only capable of sending an instant message to nearest police stations and pre-selected security contacts, it also immediately turns on the smartphone’s microphone and camera, recording audiovisual footage from the situation and automatically uploading it to a cloud.
Relying on satellite geo-location services, the app informs the police and the security contacts about the exact location of the victim.
The company, from Aguascalientes, Central Mexico, plans to offer the service to some 80 million smartphone users in the country for free.
Available to download from the Internet, the app can also warn users in case they are heading into a potentially hazardous area and offer an alternative route.
“At this time we are improving and expanding the app,” said Francisco Flores Director and co-founder of Sec-App Technologies. “One of the novelties we want to include is that, when the alert is activated with the panic button, other app users within a kilometre radius also receive the signal so they know that a dangerous event is taking place and can even be eye witnesses of the act,” he said.
No surprise it was a company from Mexico, who came up with such an idea. In the last five years, Mexico has become one of the places with the highest number of kidnaps, homicides, and theft and phone extortion in the whole world.
Having been founded some five years ago, the Sec-App Technologies has grown from two to 25 employees and is now preparing an English language version of the application to be exported to the USA and Canada.
In the near future, the company wants to develop special panic buttons for cars and geo-location bracelets for children too young to have their own smartphones.