Truecaller uses its crowdsourced spam protection insights to ensure personal safety with a new standalone app called Guardians.
“Truecaller is a product that removes distrust of communication. This could be a good opportunity for us to look at this as a standalone product as they are very different but solve the same problem, ”Alan Mamedi, CEO and Co-Founder of True Software Scandinavia AB told socialmediagossips.com.
Mamedi said that with its reach – 200 of its 270 million active users are in India – Truecaller is well aware of the issue of women’s safety. “Now is the time to do something to make our cities safer for everyone.”
After a simple onboarding process, users can use the app to select their personal guardians from the contact list and choose when to stop / start the location for sharing and to set up permanent sharing for selected guardians.
While this lets the guards know where the user is at any given time, in an emergency situation, users can tap the emergency button to let everyone know the location and situation. There is also an option to reach out to specific community guardians even if Truecaller tries to get local law enforcement involved in the app.
On the reason this wasn’t added as a feature in Truecaller, which already has such a large installed base, Mamedi said, “You need to have a team that runs it like it’s their own company. And that’s why we decided to do this so that it doesn’t become a small part of Truecaller. “
“You know, we’re talking about something that can save lives. That is why we think it makes sense, ”Mamedi emphasized, adding that the Guardians app is a very light product and does not leave a large footprint on the device.
Mamedi promises that no data from the app will be shared with any other app, and that includes Truecaller. “This is a purely designed product to solve a problem in society. We have no monetization plans … that’s our promise. “
According to Mamedi, the app only needs three authorizations. “One is location, the second is contacts so you can connect to your friends and your trusted network, while the last is phone permission to show phone status to your approved guardians.”
Calling this search for security is a universal problem. According to Mamedi, the app was designed so that a customer has full control and can determine who can track or track them on the way home. “Everything is customizable.”
There’s also perpetual sharing, which can come in handy when you want to keep a child or older parent safe. “Guardians are designed for personal safety and that can be your sister, your mother, but also your father, your brother, your son, your daughter … like anyone you are interested in,” added Mamedi.
With Eternal Sharing, users can see in real time where their loved ones are, how much battery their device has left and even the signal strength in the area. “So if you know the battery is slowly draining and you know there is 20% left, you should probably give them a call and say your battery will be dead soon. Maybe you should come home. ‘”
The Guardians app has a panic button that, when pressed, will notify all users in the specified list within five seconds. “We would be more than happy to work with the various governments on these issues and that is how the protocols are drafted,” said Mamedi. But then the concept of the Community Guardian is for situations where your personal contacts may not be around.
The free app was developed by teams in Stockholm and India and is available for download today from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.