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NCJ Number: 250515 Find in a Library
Title: Free Mobile Phone Safety Application Tracks Location, Sends Alarms and Records Data
Journal: TechBeat  Dated:November/December 2016  Pages:6-8
Author(s): Becky Lewis
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: January 2017
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 2014-IJ-CX-K004
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance); Report (Technical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the features of a free mobile phone app (“PhoneFlare”) that activates an alarm that is sent to the user’s contact person(s) when the user either misses a designated check-in time or makes a manual call for help by pulling handphones or another phone accessory out of the phone’s audio jack or charging port.
Abstract: In either instance, PhoneFlare sends reminders at 5-minute intervals as check-in time approaches, giving the user the opportunity to reset the designated check-in time. Once the deadline has passed, PhoneFlare begins sending emergency messages, but the user still has an opportunity to call it a false alarm and stop the messages. This disarm function includes a request to choose a color, an incorrect color choice gives the appearance that the alarm has been disabled, even through it actually continues to broadcast the user’s GPS coordinates for the phone. PhoneFlare has an option to record audio to the phone and to catalog the unique device identifiers of nearby devices. If a user wants to retrieve the audio log, PhoneFlare staff will assist in retrieving the data and emailing it to a personal account. This app can be downloaded from both Apple and Google Play at no charge.
Main Term(s): Technology transfer
Index Term(s): Cell Phones; Emergency communications; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; Personal Security/Self Protection
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