ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
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:
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.