In an effort to ensure safety of women, industry body Nasscom on Wednesday launched a set of mobile phone and Facebook applications (apps) that can be used to send distress messages on the press of a button.
At an event held in New Delhi, 10 safety apps were chosen from a list of 75 entries from across India that were received in response to the App Fame Contest 2013 launched by Nasscom in January last year.
Corporate, developers and students were encouraged to build technology applications for women safety. The list features an app called ‘Go Surakhsheit' which has been developed by a Gurgaon-based multi-national company, Hughes Systique Corporation.
Other apps include "Nirbhaya" developed by Pune-based Smart Cloud Infotech Limited, Sentinel by Technosol Pvt Ltd, SafeBridge by Telerik India, FightBack by Tech Mahindra, One Touch SOS by Ideophone, inE by Rain Concert Technologies Pvt. Ltd, iFollow by Aucupa Innovative Solutions, SafeTrac by KritiLabs and PanicGuard by PanicGuard Ltd.
Nasscom will help the winners reach out to maximum number of women through appropriate platforms.
Som Mittal, president, Nasscom, said, "Women have constituted a significant workforce of the IT industry which has set the benchmark for global practices around recruiting, retaining and retraining women. To ensure their safety, the industry, government, and law enforcement agencies need to come together and partner to devise appropriate measures."