Recently the #MeToo sent shockwaves across the countries as more women came forward boldly with their stories of sexual abuse. Women are easily targeted when she is travelling alone, at male dominated office environment, or even when she is just at home by her own relations It is not just the sexual assault but criminal mindset or psychopath people roam everywhere to grab your purse or just irritate you mentally with their lewd comments. Gender based violence is high in South Africa but thanks to new technological advancement there are many devices as well as apps that sent out an emergency alarm to get help in case of such abuse or threat. Though such apps cannot help you in real terms but surely will work as an aid to reach out to people for help and support.
Here are the three of these wonderful apps which offer some what safety measures for women and are must to have apps for women on their mobile to use in emergency.
You need an GPS enable phone to have this app get going. At the touch of a button, the app alerts police and other emergency agencies, as well as citizen responders, to the fact that a user need help.
GPS technology pinpoints your location to help reach you faster. The trained app operators will confirm details and dispatch help from near-by police, sentinels or other emergency officials.
Namola recently partnered with ride-hailing app Taxify, launching an in-app safety button in an attempt to improve passenger and driver safety. You can add up to five emergency contacts who will be alerted whenever you use Namola to request assistance
This app works as an emergency for every situation, be it medical help, personal help or any other assistance you want. There are numerous emergency service providers, from both the public and private sector, offering emergency assistance in case of a medical, rescue, fire, police, security and roadside emergency and mySOS Emergency offers you access to appropriate emergency assistance when: you don’t know who to call, you don’t know where you are, you want to notify your emergency contacts about your emergency and the exact location, you want the emergency services to navigate directly to your location in an emergency
mySOS Find Near Me offers you access to contact details for doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, dentists, vets and police stations in South Africa.
mySOS Track Me can be used to track a timed journey when walking, hiking, cycling, running, or driving, anywhere in South Africa. mySOS checks your device’s GPS location and automatically notifies emergency contacts when you don’t arrive when the time countdown has completed.
The app has also recently launched a small wearable panic button that notifies your mySOS emergency contacts if you need urgent help, with no need to find your phone or look through your contact list.
At the click of a button, the app records audio, video, images taking place around you and alerts your contacts. It’s designed to act as your “virtual witness”.
This app is free but you need to subscribe it for an annual fees for R139.99 per year, enables a user to record calls, photos and videos in emergencies and unforeseen events. The file is automatically recorded and stored at an off-site secured server and a sms notification is triggered to an emergency contact enabling the call to be accessed by the user and emergency contact.
MiBlackBox may be used in the event of a motor accident, photos or videos can be uploaded detailing the scene, the persons involved and eye witnesses. Being followed while driving in which case a call can be made giving the details of your location and the motor vehicle involved. Road block interactions or domestic violence or any situations in which you are feeling threatened, insecure and or unsafe.
MiBlackBox is available to all GSM mobile phone devices that are active on the mobile network. When you register with this app the subscription is for 1 year and renews once a year. The price of subscription – R139.99 per year / R69.99 per 6 Months / R9.99 per Month. You can download the free version at iTunes for iOS phone or from Google play for Android phones.