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This mobile app might save your life as you go into dangerous situations

Jeff Porten, Macworld, mentioned an app that might save your life as you go into dangerous situations. You may know that feeling of insecurity meeting some of your clients, entering their houses. Wouldn’t it be good to know that you have some kind of lifeline monitor?

BodyGuard VIP offers a range of services  that can offer more security. Porten describes the main functions:

… The app is designed to be launched and left running on your iPhone or iPod touch.

An Instant Protection feature uploads audio and camera images from your device in real time to Internet servers, along with your GPS coordinates when activated, so the information you capture cannot be deleted if your iPhone falls into the wrong hands. You can set a check-in timer which requires you to provide an “all clear” back to BuddyGuard when you’re meeting someone after a set period of time; if you don’t check back in, BuddyGuard will raise alarms with your contacts as you specify. Or you can trigger an alarm yourself by sending BuddyGuard an SOS text message from any text-enabled phone. Finally, BuddyGuard uses your iPhone’s accelerometer to trigger an alert if you’re in a crash or a fall lasting more than one second.

via BuddyGuard turns an iPhone into a lifeline monitor | Macworld.

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This entry was posted on March 11, 2013 by in Apps, Security and tagged , , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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