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Safety aim of the game for Hollie Guard app

By Alan Beresford

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A NEW free app has been launched which turns mobile phones into a personal safety device.

The new Hollie Guard app helps keep peope safe in a number of different ways.
The new Hollie Guard app helps keep peope safe in a number of different ways.

Hollie Guard is named after 20-year-old Gloucester hairdresser Hollie Gazzard who was murdered by her ex-partner in 2014.

A simple shake or tap activates the app which will then go on to notify trusted contacts with user location, audio and video evidence.

It has two modes, deterrent and stealth.

In the former, Hollie Guard makes it clear to people in the area surrounding the user that an alert has been raised. Anyone who looks at the phone will see that the GPS location is being monitored and audio/video evidence is being uploaded. The phone will display the message 'Alert raised'.

If used in stealth mode, the app activates a silent alert with no obvious signs of this to keep it as discreet as possible. The phone will put a wallpaper up to look as though it is on the user's homescreen.

Other features include journey feature, meetings feature, reports feature and man down feature.

Journey feature allows the user to set start and end locations with emergency contacts being notified either on safe arrival or non-arrival within given time parameters. The phone will be tracked via GPS.

When using the meetings feature the user can set a designated duration time for the event with emergency contacts notified if the person has not marked themselves safe within the allotted time period.

Users can quickly and easily record an incident and supporting evidence with the reports feature. This is automatically time-stamped, geo-tagged and saved to the Hollie Guard server.

If you have a sudden fall or stop moving for for a period of time this will automatically be detected by the man down feature.

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