A new company that privately monitors users’ location during an activity and raises a pre-set alarm if they don’t ”Get Home Safe” has been launched.
GHS, is the brainchild of Kiwi entrepreneur Boyd Peacock, is simple and easy to use and aimed at people from all walks of life undertaking everyday activities such as children walking home from school alone, women travelling home after a night out and people working unsupervised.
Via a free smartphone app users register with GHS what they intend on doing and the time they will be ‘home safe’, for example in 15 minutes. GHS then acts as a ‘guardian angel’ safely recording GPS location data and check-in prompts to privately watch over the user’s movements throughout their chosen activity.
If something unforeseen happens and the user doesn’t stop or extend tracking as planned, an alarm is raised and the information GHS safely recorded is sent to pre-selected personal emergency contacts. As the alarm is sent from the GHS servers not the phone, users don’t need a working phone or coverage for the alarm to be raised.
Mr Peacock said the app would also provide the ultimate ‘peace of mind’ for families with teenagers doing after school or weekend activities, especially as so many youngsters now have phones.
The app is free to download from app stores from August and it is free in the email alert only format.