My oldest daughter just turned 18 and I know that next year she’ll be off to college and covering campus on her own. Right now she has a part-time job that sometimes has her walking to her car long after dark.  I love that they coordinate schedules so no one leaves the shop by themselves but as a mom I worry.  Today’s review is for bSafe, a personal security app designed to take some of the worry out walking alone.

bSafe is a free app that I found basically to be a test run for the in-app subscription plan.  When you first open the app it asks you to set up your list of guardians that you call or alert with the touch of the big red button.  As far as I can tell you can incorporate as many people in this list as you like. On the home screen there are four features to try but the free version only lets you test bSafe. (The test has you put the contact in manually and doesn’t access your list of guardians.)  Then press the big red button to start the test.  A loud alert will sound and a message is very clearly spoken that you have activated your alarm and your location has been sent.  If you have your sound up anyone near you would know that they should probably keep on walking and leave you alone. However I received a delivery failure message each time I tried the app, probably because it was only a test, and neither my husband or daughter received any messages.

I was impressed with the accuracy that the app pin pointed my location. Right down to the address that I was in at the time. The description states that it is great for hikers and I was looking forward to trying this out in the foothills. This feature would be extremely handy if you sprained an ankle or blew a bike tire and needed someone to know exactly where to find you. But alas that didn’t happen so I don’t know how accurate it is with Topo maps.  The follow me option would also come in handy if you were on a new trail and wanted to backtrack your way out. 

Other selections include a Fake Call set up for getting out of a possible sticky situation or Walk with Me that enables live GPS tracking. Sadly all of these options are unavailable in the free app. I did notice on the iTunes page that you can subscribe month by month if you wanted to try all the features but in-app options are 1 and 2 year plans that are pretty pricey. I also noticed on the developer site that bSafe is relaunching and revolutionizing so maybe more things will be available soon.  I sure hope so.  I think the premise of the app is great and as a worrier something like this would help me feel more comfortable sending my baby out on her own. I’m really looking forward to seeing the reinvent.

 

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JoDee

When is come to the gadgets, gizmos and whats-its of the modern world, her three kids keep her up to speed. Whether its watching yet another iTunes card go up in smoke while music downloads at the speed of sound, teenage blogging, term paper research or the youngest studying spelling and math facts, she tries to ignore how many hours are logged on the hand held devices in her home. All that being said, the growth and learning the gizmos provide never cease to amaze her.

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