The app, an initiative of the Delhi Police, will allow smartphone users to call the police control room and also trigger a 30-second audio and video recording at the press of the phone’s power button. It can be downloaded free of cost from the Delhi Police website (www.delhipolice.nic.in).
“Himmat” application and service are to be used only in case of an emergency. The application will help users contact the police in the quickest possible time.
The user will be asked to feed five emergency contact numbers of friends or relatives into the app’s database. When an SOS call is made, a message will be automatically be sent to these five numbers. “In this way, not only the police, but the user’s relatives and friends will be able to come to her rescue,” a police officer said.
“The SMS alert is also transmitted simultaneously by the police control room to the police patrol cars in the area and the local station house officer through the Delhi Police cyber highway,” said the officer.
During an emergency, the mobile app captures audio and video from the environment of the person in distress and transmits the same to the Police Control Room.
“Himmat caters to the category of employed women who have smartphones and travel alone sometimes late at night. The application is only available for android supported mobile phones,” the officer said.
Callback by the police control room, video recording, SMS alerts for family and friends, victim’s details and alert on Facebook are some of the features of this app, the police officer said.