NTT Data Inc. has released a new mobile app that will provide personal safety assistance to victims during a crisis situation. The app was released during NASSCOM's Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2015 in Bangalore, India, on 22 January.
Ntercept originally created the app as part of an initiative to ensure female employees' safety in India. The app has now been publically rolled out to customers in India as well as the United States. Available in both Android and iOS versions, the app can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple App Store. The developer has also confirmed to release a Windows version of the app soon.
UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, estimates that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence. The Ntercept mobile app enables mobile phones to engage family, friends, and emergency services to facilitate communication and first responder's ability to react to incidents and protect users, bringing an added tool to quickly communicate during a personal safety emergency.
The app helps the victim to make an emergency call and simultaneously send text messages to his/her designated SOS contact list. The SOS message will then be sent every two minutes with a distress message and the current location of the mobile user. The app also records the voice conversation at the site, which can be used as evidence during future investigations.
Ntercept is not just for women, and can assist anyone in a crisis situation. With 65 percent of US children, below the age of 18 years, currently using a mobile phone, the app is also a great choice for enabling young people to call for help quickly in distressful situations with this easy-to-use app.