Bipper has just launched their free personal safety app bSafe on BlackBerry. Already available for iOS and Android, bSafe broadcasts text-based SOS messages to your pre-selected contacts along with your GPS location with the press of a single button.
Broadcasting messages that you are in danger with a push of a button can be a real deterrent to would-be attackers. The software is set up so that you select in advance from a list of your most frequent callers who is to be on your guardian list. You can select as many guardians as you like you receive SMS notification that you are in trouble; you also get one person on your list that receives a pre-recorded voice call. Other features include being able to trigger a false incoming call and triggering an SOS if you don’t check back after a certain time.
Though it’s no replacement for street smarts and common sense, it’s far better than having no plan of action if you need to quickly send out an SOS. Software like this is only as good as your friends’ response time and your phone’s GPS, but it does give users something to think about in terms of how to go about avoiding danger and being proactive about getting out of bad situations.