Incidents such as ‘Nirbhaya’ prompted the global IT giant to come out with an app aiming at protecting women, Microsoft IT India Managing Director Raj Biyani said.
“Guardian users can call for help through an ‘SOS’ alert button and also connect to security agencies, police and hospitals easily via this app in times of distress,” the statement said.
Guardian was developed over six months by a group of enthusiastic Microsoft employees in India, within the Microsoft Garage, a global employee innovation initiative that gives the employees an outlet to explore ideas. “Our employees wanted to do something to enable people to feel safer in our cities. So they used their spare time to develop Guardian,” Managing Director of Microsoft IT India Raj Biyani said in a statement. Guardian is a robust personal security app with more safety features and capabilities than any other comparable app available to Indian smartphone users today, he claimed.
To use Guardian effectively, users need to add the names of friends, family members and security groups to the settings. In an emergency situation, the app can be used to alert them, via the SOS button. All the user has to do is tap the SOS button. The phone then sends a distress SMS to all buddy mobiles, notifying them of the emergency along with location details, Microsoft said. “At the same time, the SOS button also sends emails to buddy email IDs and posts to private Facebook groups, if registered.”
The Guardian app is available exclusively for Windows Phone users. It can be downloaded at here.
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