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As much as I don’t like to admit it, I feel like my phone is always with me. If it’s not in my hands, it’s playing music for me, providing me directions, or it’s a tool filled with apps I use on a regular basis to help make my life more convenient.
With all that we can do with our smartphones, it’s no surprise that now your phone can assist you with personal safety and security.
I was recently introduced to the React Mobile App. This app turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into a mobile security device that enhances your personal safety. It allows you to report incidents and criminal activity with just the push of a button. This app can also track your location in real-time allowing people you select to track your location, making sure you arrive safely at your destination.
How it Works & Uses
The app works in emergencies by allowing you one-touch access to different alerts. You set up the app by selecting contacts that you would want to be alerted when you push the app’s SOS button.
If you press the SOS Alert Button, a text message and email will be sent to those chosen contacts, alerting them that you are in danger and provides your GPS location. If you allow the app access to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, a similar message can also be sent out via those outlets. After engaging the SOS button, you will also be given a prompt asking if you would like to call 911, which you can then do at the push of a button.
The React Mobile App also has another great, everyday feature. The “Follow Me” feature allows users to be tracked in real-time by friends/family whenever they feel unsafe.
Examples might include a college student walking across campus at night, going out for a jog alone or walking to your car in a dark lot. Your chosen and trusted contacts can track you in real-time and see when you’ve safely reached your destination. In the event of lost coverage, it offers your last known GPS location. This app offers peace of mind for parents, spouses, loved ones and friends.
I think this is a must-have app for people of all ages. For myself, I am now using this on my morning runs. The early AM is the only time I can get a run in alone, but it’s also still a bit dark. My husband has never liked me going out on my own, even if it is just around our neighborhood. This app would allow me to trigger an SOS quickly to my chosen contacts and the Follow Me feature allows my husband to see exactly where I am on my run.
I think this is a great tool for college students. Campuses can be unsafe places, especially at night. My sister is a college senior and she has night classes, an internship and lives off campus. Since getting the app, she’s been able to let my mother or her boyfriend know when she’s making her way across campus or leaving her internship, which is in NYC. She often has to make this commute at night & alone. My mother absolutely LOVES that she can ‘follow’ my sister when my sister feels it would be wise to have someone know her whereabouts. It provides a lot of reassurance for her, us and an SOS emergency option for her to use if she were in danger.
Get the App!
React Mobile is available for free download on iPhone and Android!
Apple iTunes Download
Google Play Download (available on select smartphones)