Nokia to Offer Consumers Safety Suite
Today Nokia announced a new partnership with Securitas, and plans to offer a suite of safety and security products for consumers. To start, four new services will be available, and all of them make use of location/GPS information. The first, Assist, lets users connect to Securitas' alarm central and provides information about who is connected. The second, Find, provides your friends' current position. The third, Zone, delivers an SMS if someone leaves or comes into a predefined area. Fourth, Friends, gives an overview of where all your friends are located. The four are packaged as Safe-2-Go and will become available in the first half of 2009. Nokia did not offer pricing information.
Facebook Adds to Safety Check's Tool Belt
Facebook today updated its Safety Check feature by rounding out the set of tools found within. To start, it is now possible to start and/or support a fundraiser directly from within Safety Check.
Facebook Debuts 'Im Safe' Tool for Natural Disasters
Facebook recently announced Safety Check, a service allowing people affected by natural disasters and other situations to indicate they are all right. The service works automatically, to a certain degree.
Google Debuts 'Trusted Contacts' Personal Safety App
Google today made a new app available to Android devices that lets people share their location with others during emergencies. The app, called Trusted Contacts, simplifies the process of adding friends and family as emergency contacts.
Facebook to Share Real-Time Map Data with First Responders
Facebook this week said it plans to provide humanitarian and other aid organizations with real-time access to its maps during natural disasters and other emergencies. According to Facebook, it will strip user identities from its map data while still showing where people are moving, where people might be marking themselves as safe, and other, similar trending information.