It will provide timely location information to trusted contacts

Women who are subjected to criminal assaults or other forms of harassment may feel safer if they use the Voice-Activated Safety App developed by Mithila Harish, a final year student of B.Tech. Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, VIT University, Vellore.

The objective is to provide enhanced security to women in dire situations such as kidnap, rape, acid attack and threat of stalkers. What she has developed is a solution which provides timely information and/or an on-demand ‘virtual company’ which improves chances of detection, prevention or deterrence.

To be called ‘FRIEND,’ the App is women and children friendly. In dire situations, the App will provide timely location information to trusted contacts as effectively as possible. If a woman screams a keyword such as ‘danger’, the App will automatically alert emergency numbers. “It will also implement Bluetooth-hopping and emotion analysis to detect distress signals more efficiently to make it as intelligent as possible”.

Conceptual and methodological challenges mainly were the advanced technology to be implemented in the App. In addition, keeping battery and memory capacities of the phone were challenges as the battery must not run out quickly. The harshest infliction to a person’s being - especially if the person is a woman or a child - is when the person is in a situation of intense distress and there is none who can provide protection around, she said.

Ms. Mithila Harish told The Hindu that anyone who wants to avail herself of the facility should have a GPS-enabled Android phone. Asked whether her mobile application could be downloaded by any person, she said that she has not yet made it available in the Playstore. “I am right now engaged in fine-tuning the application. Within a month, I shall make it available in Playstore for anyone to download it free,” she said.

Ms. Mithila Harish has won the prestigious Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award instituted by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) for her innovation. She received the award from R.A. Mashelkar, Chairman of the NIF at a function held IIM-Ahmedabad recently.


  • If a woman screams a keyword such as ‘danger’, the App will automatically alert emergency numbers

  • It may be available in Playstore for free download in a month


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