Women in the country can now look forward to alerting their friends and
family through the push of a button on sensing danger using a mobile
application called 'Fight Back'.
Developed by mobile value added
services provider CanvasM, the application tracks a user's location and
sends SOS messages to selected contacts in case of an emergency.
"We feel the application can help make a woman feel safe, especially given the current law and order situation.
app allows them to press panic button whenever they feel unsafe. It
tracks the location using GPS and alerts the right people," CanvasM CEO
Jagdish Mitra told PTI.
The company is also in the process of integrating the solution with Delhi Police's back-end IT infrastructure.
"This will enable Delhi Police to also get messages when somebody calls out for help and prompt action can be taken," he added.
There has been an outrage in the country over alleged rape of a paramedical student by six men in a moving bus.
the application is free for consumers in the Delhi-NCR region, other
users will need to pay a subscription fee of Rs. 100 per annum.
incidents are shameful. The application is our way of contributing to
make women feel safe," Mitra said. Fight Back is available for
smartphones running on Android, Blackberry and Symbian operating
systems, he said.
"We will soon come up with a similar SMS-based
application so that the benefits can be extended to non-smartphone users
as well," he added.
While the application has been available for sometime now, it has seen about 3,000-4,000 downloads.
pick up is there but not as much as we had expected. We have been busy
with building the ecosystem. We will now work on spreading awareness
about the application," he said.
To spread awareness about Fight
Back, the company is talking to various companies, including BPOs, and
colleges. In addition, they are looking at tie-up with telecom operators
and NGOs to promote the service.
"We are in talks with Delhi government as well," he said.