Aawaz - an app to send an alert by people in distress
Bombil Media, a leading enterprise app developer has launched Aawaz - an app that can be used by people in distress to alert people in their vicinity about their plight.
Ashwin Roy Choudhary, founder and CEO, Bombil Media says the inspiration for the app came from the out pour of anger across sections of society about the Delhi gang rape. "We all have the intent to do something good for others, but unfortunately we do not have enough platforms to do what we want to do. That is how the idea for Aawaz came about."
Some mobile handsets have options to send SOS messages or speed dial already saved number during crisis, but these people may not always be in the vicinity where the person is in distress. Aawaz is a free mobile app that allows a user in the face of any danger or crisis to raise alerts or ask for help from fellow Aawaz members who have also downloaded and are using the app within a distance of 3 kms. On a single click, the app sends real time notification to mobile phones of fellow Aawaz member, with the person in distress' phone number, exact current location plotted on the map.
The app also automatically switches on the microphone on your mobile, so that the rescuer will be able to gauge the situation. The victim can then speak out additional details that might be useful to the rescue without letting the assailant know. "Aawaz is free app and will always remain so. It's our way as a mobile technology company to give back to the society and make India a safer place to stay," explains Roy. The procedure to download the app is to SMS AAWAZ to 575758 and the app can be downloaded from the link that the sender will get as a reply.