That got us to look around for a quick and easy way to contact authorities, neighbors, friends or family should an emergency occur. As it turns out, yes, Virginia, there’s an app for that. One touch and the cavalry comes running.
Among the emergency action apps we looked at is React Mobile which turns your iPhone into a security device that can report incidents or criminal activity.
The way it works is pretty straightforward. Press an icon button on your iPhone and a silent SOS with your GPS coordinates is sent to specific emergency contacts.
The SOS can be sent via email, iMessage or SMS text messaging, to a dedicated user console, a group of recipients, and even posting to Facebook and Twitter.
Bank teller’s have hidden security buttons which summon the cops whenever a customer tries to become a thief. React Mobile’s app functions similarly. But only similarly.
Here’s what it looks like on your iPhone’s screen.
Just like the bank teller’s hidden security button, the React Mobile alert(s) can be sounded without an attacker or onlooker knowing.
The app comes with a number of useful options, too.
The silent SOS with the GPS coordinates is handy, and easily sent out using email, text, or online to Facebook and Twitter.
There’s also an option for 911. And, just in case you’re kidnapped, React Mobile has another option to follow your moving location in real time.
That Follow Me feature can be useful in certain situations. While the app itself is free, there’s an in-app purchase required for the Follow Me functionality.
This is another example of why Apple needs a Widgetized lock screen or home screen on the iPhone. If your phone is locked, it takes a few taps and extra time to send the alert message after you find the phone.
Otherwise, it’s hard to be the price and you just never know when it might come in handy.