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Bengaluru Tech Firm Makes App to Help Women Travelling at Night

Bengaluru Tech Firm Makes App to Help Women Travelling at Night

In the backdrop of several crimes against women, a Bengaluru-based software firm has developed a safety app - that helps women keep their families informed about the cab they are taking, the route and even the drivers details.

A Bengaluru firm has developed an app to keep women safe especially those who travel at night. Track Me Mobi, launched by the Software Technology Parks of India, is aimed at the 30-40,000 women working in the software sector.

The passenger scans a QR code to access the driver details, which can then be shared with a family member at the start of the trip.

Speaking to CNN-News18, Director of Software Technology Parks of India, Prabir K Das said that the app isn't restricted to women working in the IT sector.

"The solution we wanted had to be very comprehensive and we needed to look for the right person to carry out, which is when we decided to work with Prasenjeet. The app isn't just restricted to the women working in the IT sector, anyone can use it", he said.

Bengaluru police lauded the app and wanted the integration of police into the app's ecosystem.

"While the app has basic features like messaging the family members and the office, the next important modification should involve integrating the police into the system. It is crucial for the law enforcement to reach the victim at the earliest. The response time must be short. Such modifications will definitely improve the app", said DCP East, Boralingaiah.

Developer of the app, Prasenjeet Pati of Afixi Techonologies said that his application also works in the absence of an internet connection.

"Our app informs family members right at the start of the trip of the persons whereabouts and continues to confirm throughout the trip if the passenger is fine or not. The unique pin system ensures that the driver cannot tamper with the app. If no information reaches the family members periodically, the app assumes the person is in distress and immediately alerts people in a 3 step process", he said.

Track Me Mobi also works in the absence of an internet connection, sending automatic text messages. It also offers a fare calculation based on estimated distance and constant tracking of the route.

first published:May 13, 2016, 10:55 IST