I am a bike rider and although its a bit too cold for my liking to ride my bike these days, its always been a concern for my husband when I ride my bike by myself out on Flagstaff’s Urban trail or anywhere, I might ride. Thankfully they have an app for those concerned loved ones! With React Mobile, family members can be notified of your whereabouts when and if you are in danger with the simple press of a button. With a single touch, quickly activate the SOS system to send an alert to friends, family and even the authorities.
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If I’ve fallen off my bike, or feel like I’m in danger on one of the bike trails, I can simply hit the SOS button and it will send out text messages, emails and even a direct link to my GPS location where loved ones can follow me in real time. If I choose it can even post to facebook or twitter and will prompt me if I need to dial 911 for emergency assistance.
This app is ideal for the teenagers you’d like to allow more freedom, but know they are safe getting from destination to destination or if your teenager or child is feeling a little uncertain walking or riding their bike to and from school or a friend’s house. You can simply follow them until they hit the “I’m safe” button. If in case of an emergency, once the SOS Alert or emergency message functions are activated, the user is automatically prompted to dial 911. But what is great is you can simply use this app for every day use. If you’d like to monitor your child’s walk to and from school or activities, as long as they have the “follow me” button enabled, you can track their GPS location in real time.
React Mobile works on most popular phone platforms and right now its free in the app store. I also saw on their website that React Mobile Family is coming soon, which may allow you to monitor the whereabouts of your whole family on a day to day basis.
I think the best feature is the “follow me” button. If I’m just out on a typical ride and I want to be safe, that follow me button will tell a loved one where my last or current location is and authorities might be able to trace my whereabouts more easily. So even if I loose coverage, the app will report my last known GPS location.
Also sending out the SOS button, can be done with three taps. The first tap to launch the app, the second to hit “send SOS” and the third is the largest button you’ve ever seen to activate the SOS Alert. Obviously this feature can’t be too easy, or it could accidentally be activated like I did while testing out this app. I kinda scared my sister in law when an SOS went out to her. But having a test run of this app with your family members or loved ones is probably necessary anyway so they know if they are receiving this alert from you, it really is an emergency!
So here’s a recap of how React Mobile helps you with your personal safety:
What could be changed?
This may be coming with the React Mobile Family app, but I think what could be added to the app for more day to day usability would be preset messages you could change to notify your loved ones of basic things about your location and what you might be doing. “I’m walking home from a friends”. I’m staying late at the library” etc.
I’m excited to see what the React Mobile Family will offer when it comes out! This app gets two thumbs up from me and will be used when I take my bike out next, or I’m traveling alone and want to make sure my husband knows my location.
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