Kochi, June 24 (IANS) Two smartphone applications developed by firms at Kochi's Startup Village have been named by IT industry body Nasscom among the ten best apps designed for the security of women.
Sentinel, developed by MindHelix Technosol Pvt. Ltd., and iFollow, from Aucupa Innovative Solutions, were among the winners of Nasscom's first all-India App Fame Contest to search for mobile tools to aid personal safety of women and to help deal with emergencies.
Sentinel is a GPS-based application developed by MindHelix for Android devices and iPhone. It can make SOS calls and send text alerts and emails with location information to pre-saved emergency numbers and IDs at the touch of a button.
The application works even in situations where the user is unable to trigger the alert manually or the phone is destroyed. It works also if there is no internet access. It can be downloaded for free from Google Play and the App store.
Aucupa's iFollow is an Android app that automatically dials voice calls to emergency contacts pre-configured on the device.
It is activated if the phone is shaken continuously for five seconds, and on standby mode it works silently in the background to reduce power consumption. iFollow is also a free application that can be downloaded from Google Play.
MindHelix and Aucupa are both fledgling companies incubating at Startup Village.
Nasscm's App Fame Contest received entries from around the country and a shortlist was made by the competition jury. Director of Stanford University in the US, Gerard J. Rego, was on the jury.
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