ACM News 26/12/2012
Smartphone users will be able to let their family and friends know they are safe with iStaySafe, an app developed by Swinburne University of Technology lecturers James Marshall and Bill Trikojus. By clicking a button, the app sends a picture of the smartphone user as well as a map showing their global positioning system location. Users can program the app to send automatic check-in reminder messages at set times, via email and short messaging services. The app also includes a feature that will enable users to send alerts during an emergency, and friends, family, and emergency workers will be able to track the location of the smartphone for the next 24 hours. The developers say the app could be used by teenagers, carers of people with disabilities, the elderly who live alone, long-distance travelers, and women who travel late at night. The disappearance and murder of an Australian woman prompted Marshall and Trikojus to fast-track the development of iStaySafe.