The creators of a smartphone application that can transmit a user's location to 911 dispatchers in the event of an emergency hope their product can help increase the safety of their customers and their communities.
The creators of the SafeTrek app — a group of current and former University of Missouri students — came up with the idea for the app after hearing concerns from friends about feeling uneasy while walking home or to their car late at night.
"We had recently gone to a student government conference with other SEC schools, and campus safety was a big discussion topic," said Zach Beattie, one of the SafeTrek founders.
The app is simple. The user opens up the app, presses the main button on the screen and holds it until he or she feels safe. As soon as the user takes the finger off the button, he or she is prompted to enter a pin. If users don't enter the pin within 10 seconds, the app alerts a third-party call center, which then relays the location information to dispatchers.