Monday, 19 December 2011 16:37

SOS app for mobile released

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Norwegian company, Numa, has launched an emergency SOS alert application for mobile users - "SOS Rescue Me" - which can be downloaded from the iTunes store.


Numa says it has released the app, developed by the online software company, Appsmakerstore, after the 'terror in Oslo' this summer and what it says is the increasing number of assaults of young females in Oslo, and a 'global epidemic' when it comes to personal safety especially with females and teens.

Numa CEO, Steinar Bredesen, who came up with the idea for the emergency alert app, says that by downloading the app, mobile users all over the world can alert their closest friends or relatives by SMS and Facebook with their GPS location by the click of a button. The app also supports faking incoming calls, calling emergency numbers and snapping ''witness'' photos directly to the user's Facebook profile, with the correct GPS-location, day, date and time directly published on the photo.

"We have great expectations for this mobile app for personal safety, especially with the busy Christmas season coming up. By combining alerts via SMS to selected contacts, it will allow Facebook to push updates when turned on with GPS tracking with features of preventative functions such as fake calls and witness functions I really hope that we can contribute in a positive way of stopping the violence," Bredesen said.

To get more information about the emergency alert app go to: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=484656137&mt=8

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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