Nirbhaya and Fight Back: Android Apps to Protect Women Against Crime
Recent Rape case in Delhi has raised many eye brows and Women’s safety in country is in question. Technology can be your friend to tackle such situations like attempt to molestation and protect women against Crime. Here are two apps designed and configured specially for women to protect themselves.
These emergency tackling Android apps for women alert phone contacts in one click via SMS. Text includes your name, kind of emergency and GPS location.
Nirbhaya means Fearless. App’s name is a tribute to the girl who was a victim of recent Rape case in Delhi, India. This app is built to tackle emergency situations by notifying closed ones (Family or Friend) just by hitting one Panic button.
App lets you customize Contact Groups for various kinds of emergencies like Accident, Molestation, etc. You can feed the emergency numbers like Police Station, Ambulance, Office Supervisor number (in case you are working) and any custom contact from Phonebook.
In case of Danger, you just click one Panic button and your family, friends and Police will be alerted about it along with your GPS location via SMS.
Along with text message notification, it also supports Facebook and Email integration. It means, emergency message can also be posted on your wall instantly during emergency.
Fight Back is another sophisticated app to tackle emergency situations specially designed for women’s safety. It uses GPS, SMS, location maps, GPRS ,email and your Facebook account to inform your loved ones in case you are in danger.
This app tracks user’s movement through GPS (Global Positioning System) and sends location information to the server. It also displays user’s current location on the Google map.
To use this app, you have to register account on Fight Back portal and provide your phone number and device name to get download link. After that, specify phone numbers and email IDs to alert during emergency.
Working is similar to the Nirbhaya app but in addition, Fight Back has web interface too. On web, you get to see number of alerts sent and track location using the Google Map.
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Conclusion: In my tests, Fight Back was better than Nirbhaya. Fight Back uses its own SMS gateway to send texts instead of your own number unlike Nirbhaya which uses our own number. But, Fight Back was better at retrieving location and instantly sending SMS where Nirbhaya app failed.
Though advertised and said to be designed for women, Apps can be used by men too for their protection.