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Updated: July 23, 2013 15:06 IST

This app is free, and it’s for your safety

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Help Me, an Android platform-based mobile application helps in regular updation of the location of the person.
Help Me, an Android platform-based mobile application helps in regular updation of the location of the person.

The next time you are stepping out late you can keep your loved one informed about your location with a single tap on your phone. Help Me, an Android platform-based mobile application offers two services — I am here: regular updates about the location of the person and I need help: panic messages. The regular updates about the location and the panic messages reach a maximum of five persons listed as parents, family members or guardians by the user.

In view of the increasing number of crimes against women and senior citizens living away from their children, OnMobile, a mobile value-added services company, has created an app that will come in handy to women, parents and senior citizens.

“Parents who wish to keep track of where their kids are can install the app on the phone and keep it turned on to receive updates from their children,” explained Archana Anand, director – information and entertainment services, OnMobile. The app can be customised to change the distress messages it sends to the parents or family members. A senior citizen who requires medical attention can tweak the message such that the app sends out a message calling for medical attention and the like.

I am here service sends frequent location updates every 10 minutes and the message will contain an address which will pinpoint location up to the street level and a link to Google Maps with the location.

I need help button also raises a loud alarm which has no effect of volume or profile of the device. It also sends out SMSes to the selected CUG (Closed User Group) – “Help me. I am in danger”. And the mobile will constantly try to call the number of the first guardian saved on the app. This app can also be customised to send different messages by the users. For eg: the elderly in need of medical attention can change the message to “Need medical attention”.

The application seems really good. Hope it will serve the purpose and will be helpful for all the people in need.

from:  Koshy Thomas
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 20:01 IST

Of course, it's a great app but what happens when there is no network coverage. Say, we hear a lot about kidnapping kinda stuff and apparently they should take girls to a remote area or even if they are driving from one place to another(elderly people). We need to figure out a way to have full network coverage besides implementing such apps. Thanks!

from:  Sindhu
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 19:01 IST

Has the reporter actually test driven the app or just regurgitated the marketing pitch of the app vendor? The
former would have been nicer.

from:  K Palaka
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 11:36 IST

Really a v useful app.. Everyone should make best use of it.

from:  Lakshmi
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 08:49 IST

All is well if we have data connectivity everywhere and if we have time
to go into an app when you are running towards safety! This would be a
much more useful initiative from the network service providers ..

from:  Sudarsan
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 01:43 IST

Good work..Seems very helpful..

from:  Suraj
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 00:37 IST

Worthiness of this apps is still to be authenticated, but if true it is
indeed a boon to many of we common men. KUDOS to the maker of this Apps.

from:  Prashant Jha
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 23:22 IST

Great app.Let's try for a safe future!

from:  sreesuma vinod
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 18:08 IST

Why would anyone pay for it? You get these apps for free on android
market.

from:  Balaji
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 16:12 IST

Why dont you guys share the link of the app when your doing a review or
featuring it?

from:  Sundar
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 14:55 IST
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