In a new-year gift to commuters, the highway traffic police have decided to launch a distress call application to aid motorists during emergency situations. The application will be launched during the Road Safety Fortnight that begins from January 3.
Vijay Kamble, additional director general of police (highway police), on Tuesday, said, “The software called SwaRaksha, an application specifically designed for assistance in case of an accident, will send a text message to the sender’s relatives and police through SMS after s/he taps on the icon. All s/he has to do is download the application from Google Play Store and fill in the details, including his/her name, emergency contact numbers and blood group.
In case of a mishap, when the person meets with an accident, s/he has to tap on the SwaRaksha icon on his smart phone, which will then automatically send an alert to the traffic control room.
Subsequently, an SMS will be sent to the user’s family.
The application will send the current location of the user through Global Positioning System (GPS) to the control room. On receiving the SMS, the Highway Police Control Room officials will establish communications with the victim. After contacting the victim, the officials will dispatch all necessary rescue teams like ambulance or fire brigade or cranes within 30 minutes.
Kamble said this application is made by Energy Labs, an IT solutions services firm based in Bangalore in association with Highway Police Maharashtra.
The application will run for three months on an experimental basis, he added.
He said the Highway Police will observe Road Safety fortnight between January 3 and January 17.
During the fortnight, “Road Safety-Need of hours” a seminar will be inaugurated at the hands of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at Sayhadri Guest-house at Malabar Hill on January 3.
Actor Amir Khan will speak about road safety at the seminar.
Help at fingertips
SwaRaksha, an application specifically designed for assistance in case of an accident, will send a text message to the sender’s relatives and police through SMS after s/he taps on the icon.
The app can be downloaded from Google Play Store.
Developed by Energy Labs, the application will run for three months on an experimental basis.