A Rotorua-born technology initiative lets Android smartphone users raise the alarm and get help if they are in trouble.
The “Please Help” app, launched at Steam restaurant in Rotorua last night, will initially be targeted at businesses, with the hope of moving into the wider community.
More than 40 people attended the launch and became the initial testers for the app.
Toi Ohomai lecturer and Edutech owner Paramdip Singh said he had the idea for the app when he saw the level of crime in Rotorua.
“I thought we should be able to use technology to our advantage,” he said.
Singh saw the effect of crime when his friend’s liquor store was robbed.
“The man that was hit over the head was my student,” he said.
“I saw that it was more than the shop owners, but also our students that are at risk.”
When switching on the service, on icon opens that is easily accessible and remains on the screen throughout regular use – similar to a panic button.
Pressing the icon sends an emergency message to all nominated contacts and begins voice recording the surroundings.
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