Keep an eye on your loved ones

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By CHONG JINN XI­UNG bytz@thes­tar.com.my

MO­BILE app de­vel­oper Secq.me has part­nered with Maxis to in­tro­duce a new se­cu­rity mo­bile app called Cir­cle Watch which al­lows par­ents to watch over their loved ones, as they go about their daily rou­tine.

Secq.me co-founder Chin XinCi was a vic­tim of at­tempted kid­nap­ping two years ago (bit.ly/ LDFuBR) and this drove her to start mak­ing safety apps.

How it works

Cir­cle Watch uses the smart­phone’s lo­ca­tion track­ing ca­pa­bil­ity to mon­i­tor fam­ily mem­bers added to your “cir­cle.”

The user can des­ig­nate Safe Zones such as a house, school or tu­ition cen­tre — the user will get an in­stant no­ti­fi­ca­tion should the tracked per­son ar­rive or leave one of th­ese zones.

There is no limit on the num­ber of Safe Zones users can set.

“The pri­mary user will re­ceive an au­to­matic alert via SMS when­ever a per­son us­ing the app leaves or en­ters the Safe Zone,” said Watch Over Me busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Vin­cent Wong.

The app even works if the users are on dif­fer­ent net­works, as long as the pri­mary user is a Maxis sub­scriber.

All they have to do is reg­is­ter their phone num­ber with the app.

Keep­ing tabs on users

For added per­sonal se­cu­rity, the app has a Watch Over Me func­tion for en­sur­ing that the user reaches the desti­na­tion safely.

For ex­am­ple, users could turn on Watch Over Me when they walk home from school, and if they don’t reach the desti­na­tion by the set time, an SMS alert will be sent out to the pri­mary user.

Don’t panic

Should the per­son get into trou­ble, he or she can press the app’s panic but­ton or shake the phone to send an alert to their emer­gency con­tacts.

Also, when the app is in Panic Alert mode, it will au­to­mat­i­cally send a link con­tain­ing a recorded au­dio and video cap­tured with the smart­phone.

The emer­gency con­tact will also re­ceive the lo­ca­tion his­tory of the mem­ber in the cir­cle.

Users can down­load Cir­cle Watch for free from the Ap­ple App Store or Google Play Store, and en­joy a free one month trial.

Af­ter that users will have to pay a monthly fee of RM3 for ev­ery two de­vices reg­is­tered with Cir­cle Watch.

Users can choose to have it charged to their phone bill or pay through the app.

Stay safe: users can see where their fam­ily mem­bers are at a glance with Cir­cleWatch.

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