The Ghaziabad police on Saturday launched a mobile app that will help people to send distress messages in emergency situations.
Officials said the free app, Shakti100 -Ghaziabad police SOS, can be downloaded on android platforms from the play store and can be used by anyone in distress. The app will be especially helpful for women and senior citizens, they said.
The police said after downloading the app, one will have to register the user name, address and mobile number. Thereafter, the user will store contact numbers of his family members, who will be alerted by a message when the app button is pressed in emergency situations.
“As the button is pressed, a message will also be flashed to the police control room and the location of the person will be traced. The location will be updated every 15 seconds. Thereafter, the control room will send the SOS location to the police responding unit’s data mobile terminals, which will be able to see the person’s progressive location on a map,” said Rakesh Kumar Pandey, superintendent of police.
Officials said that the app is presently available on android platforms and efforts are on to develop it for other platforms too.
“Women and senior citizens can use the app in case of domestic violence or any other crime. This is our effort to provide citizens with a facility to get in touch with the police at the earliest. Sometimes, the victims do not have time to call emergency number 100. In such a case, they can easily press the SOS button on their mobile phone and alert the police for help,” a senior official said.
The police control room at the Harsaon police lines is connected to all PCR vans and officials have been provided with a mobile data terminal, which help them communicate with the control room and provide response from different locations.
The officials said the app is connected to the control room.