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Delhi Police to launch ‘track me’ app

The Delhi Police, in a bid   to ensure the security of women – especially those travelling late night – will soon launch a facility named ‘track me’ in its existing SOS application HIMMAT.

Under the ‘track me’ facility, commuters shall be given three time slots to choose from and GPS tracking shall continue for the selected period, said an official in Delhi Police’s operations wing. 

If a commuter doesn’t reach the destination within the selected time slot, the option can be re-selected and the tracking shall continue. 

If re-selection is not opted, the process monitored by the PCR shall stop automatically, said the official. The HIMMAT application was linked to a GPS used to locate the origin of the SOS alert since the time it was conceptualised. 

“But with the new addition to the system, the PCR can conveniently locate a person in distress, even as the position keeps changing,” said the official.

The facility has been developed and it is presently put on trial mode, with around eight officials in the operations department using it. Under the trial mode, the three time slots available are 10, 15 and 30 minutes.

Changes in the facility will be incorporated based on the shortfall experienced during this phase, which shall continue for at least a month before ‘track me’ is launched, said Special Commissioner of Police (Operations) Sundari Nanda.

Nanda said the facility was developed keeping in mind the security of women, working in odd shifts, and those who travel to and from the airport, railway stations and bus terminals at odd hours. If an untoward incident happens during the travel time, the SOS alert would reach the police control room (PCR) and also the close pre-selected group in HIMMAT, said the official.

The women safety application named HIMMAT was launched by Delhi Police on January 1 this year. Initially, it was available for download only on Android phones, but in six months it was made available for all platforms.

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