It’s sad and shameful, but safety of women in India isn’t guaranteed. Even in big metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, crimes against women are on a rise and the required security protocol isn’t enforced as effectively as it needs to be. As a woman myself, apps that are ushering in the digital age in women safety are the next best thing to a personal bodyguard and totally get my vote. One such app is putting the power of safety back in the woman’s hand in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram- The TCP police app with a special panic button feature called iSafe.
Brainchild of the innovation gym, The Apple Tree, at UST Global- an information technology solutions services company for Global 1000 enterprises, designed the TCP Police app with the aim to enhance the quality of service provided to the public. It keeps a track of speed limits,fines for violation, ambulances, traffic situations, control rooms, fire stations etc in the city. It also provides directions to the nearest police station from the user’s current location.
The newest feature iSafe, is what truly makes it stand apart from the chaff. It provides a panic button, which when pressed by the woman in a troubled situation, will immediately send an alert to the nearest police control along with the location, subscriber id and IMEI number of the mobile. All it needs is a 7 second long press and the police will know exactly where you are. The position is visible to the control room and also on tablets that the force carries. The video below featuring Malayalam actress Manju Warrier was used to promote the new feature:
Online cab hailing services such as Taxi For Sure and Uber are installing panic buttons just like these in their taxis too, as a special feature for Indian customers.
The app also enlists the help of the popular instant messaging Whatsapp as a means to directly report any complaint to the police, any time. It also gives the user a collection of numbers for the Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner, IG Trivandrum etc.
“It has helped us considerably reduce our response time to emergencies and establish a stronger communication channel between the citizens and the police department,” said Thiruvananthapuram Police Commissioner H. Venkatesh in conversation with The Hindu.
Saurabh Suri, VP – Emerging Solutions & Innovation at UST Global says, ” The app for Thiruvananthapuram City Police is a testimony of how we leverage our expertise in emerging technologies along with our vast innovation ecosystem to enable better governance for the populace and by the populace”.
The app which is available for download on the Android Play Store, has won many prestigious awards such as Social Media For Empowerment in 2014 by the Digital Empowerment Foundation and Best Use Of Mobile Technology at the Elets Knowledge Exchange Awards in Goa this year.
The Thiruvananthapuram City Police app by UST Global is a finalist in the M-Women & Children category of the mBillionth Awards 2015.