No matter how broke I was in college I always could scrape together a few dollars to go with my friends to the local club and pay for at least one drink. Call it the ingenuity of youth! The fun I was having shaking my booty and hanging with my girlfriends always won out over the fact that the $10 I plopped down for a badly mixed drink was my last and I’d have to walk home once the night ended.
I roll with the ride-or-die type of girlfriends, so I rarely had to make the trek back to my dorm room alone. However on those off occasions when I did, I can clearly remember my inner voice chastising me. “Girl, you know you should have saved that money for a cab home.” It’s not that the area around my campus was dangerous, but any desolate area can feel sketchy at 2 AM when you’re walking solo and know all the sensible folks are fast asleep at home.
I’m guessing the folks behind Companion – had a few bad decision making, late night solo commuting stories of their own, which inspired them to create the new safety app. Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play the free app bills itself as “your personal safety device” and is designed so you “never walk alone” again.
Essentially, you tell the app where you’re going and select up to three “companions” to view your route as you proceed.
The companion(s) you select don’t need to have the app installed on their phones. The notification they receive appear as a text message and they click on a link to view your progress via GPS.
I tested the app with my husband and it was pretty simple to use. Once activate, you can toss your phone back in your pocket or purse and it will continue to track you until you end the trip.
The home screen also features two notification buttons – “I Feel Nervous” and “Call Police” – which you can use to tell your companion to contact you asap or dial “911” instantly.
Also, a few minutes after pressing the “I Feel Nervous” button, the app will check back in with you to see if you still feel unsafe. The Smart Trigger will beep loudly for 15 seconds and then notify your companions if you don’t respond in that time.
Honestly, the app is pretty ingenious and worth downloading; no matter if you’re a college student who walks home from the
club library late at night or a professional who is headed to an out of town conference for work. You can use it whenever you feel uneasy about walking, running, riding or driving in any location alone.