Free Mobile App with emergency alarm launched

Venkat Raman

A timely software that runs as Mobile App that sets off an instant alarm with GPS location was launched in Rotorua on Tuesday, July 11 with a similar launch planned in Auckland on Thursday, July 13 at press time.

Developed by Paramdip Singh, Director of Special Projects International (formerly Waiariki Institute of Technology), the App, called, ‘Please Help’ was launched by Trade Minister Todd McClay.

“This App has multiple use for individuals, families, companies, international students- everyone in fact who likes to feel safe. Our National Government is committed to providing a safe environment to all and this initiative will help,” he said.

Nationwide multiple use

Mr McClay also hoped that the Mobile App will have widespread usage.

“I would encourage the New Zealand Police to use this App as a part of its crime prevention efforts. This initiative will be rolled out nationwide,” he said.

Among those present at the event were local Councillors, the Neighbourhood Support Group, officials of the Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology and businesses.

The Auckland launch, hosted by Ashish Trivedi, Managing Director of Newton College of Business and Technology (NCBT), will be held on Thursday, June 13 at 415 pm at the Institute premises located at 25, Union Street, Auckland Central.

Floating Emergency

“A floating ‘Emergency’ button is available on the active screen of Android smartphones. This will help the user to raise alarm anytime without any need of starting the App. The Emergency button will always be on the screen irrespective of whether the user has opened any other App. The App will start recording ambient conversation through smartphone microphone once it is activated till the time Emergency button is pressed again to stop the recording,” he said.

He said that up to 30 people can be reached simultaneously.

“We will consider setting up an alert directly to the Police. We hope to make this App available to iPhone users in due course. Android phone users can download it from Google Store,” Mr Singh said.

Good Migrant

“I came to New Zealand 20 years ago to start a new life and career. I have developed this App as a token of my gratitude to the New Zealand communities. Some politicians make migration a big issue. Most migrants contribute to the betterment of our people,” he said.

Indian Newslink will promote the efforts of Mr Singh by encouraging the New Zealand Police and other organisations to use the App.

Photo Caption:

Trade Minister Todd McClay with App developer Paramdip Singh and Rotorua Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Alison Lawton. (Photo supplied by Paramdip Singh).

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