Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s directive is a step towards harnessing the full potential of mobile devices which could be a potent tool in ensuring women’s safety. Karbonn Mobiles have already been working on developing a mobile SOS app for women which we would be unrolling for Karbonn customers over the next few months. These features are not just useful in times of distress but would also help in ensuring safety even when the user is not vulnerable safeguarding them from potential threats. This safety app would allow users to send alert messages to emergency contacts with a single tap on home screen; share their location to select contacts at a predefined time or distance automatically (say every time the user leaves her workplace or covers 5kms from her home) enabling their emergency contacts to keep tab on the users location in real time; raise and send alarms discreetly by simply shaking the device without the need to unlock the screen especially when the mobile device is in a handbag etc or even send alerts by simply pressing down the power button for a certain duration.
This mobile SOS app could also be used by educational institutions or corporate houses for ensuring safety of its female students and employees respectively as the app could be set to transmit a message once a person reaches a pre-assigned destination (home/ office/ school) confirming that the employee or the student has reached her destination using office or personal transport.