New technology targets personal safety

RED DEER, AB, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Alberta-based SafeTracks GPS Solutions is introducing a new smartphone app in Canada that is enhancing personal safety for people when they work alone, walk alone, travel, ride public transit or jog in the park. Any time you feel uneasy about your personal safety, the MyForce app is there.

The MyForce app puts improved personal protection directly in your hands. A single touch connects the user to a live monitoring agent who listens in to the situation and contacts the appropriate emergency responders. MyForce is unique in its use of GPS technology to pinpoint a user's location so that help can get there faster.

"As fall turns into winter and the days get shorter, we go about our daily routines without the benefit of daylight," points out Bob Aloisio of SafeTracks. "Even when it's dark we're still coming or going from work, taking transit or going for a run in the park, MyForce is a tool that gives increased peace of mind and comfort in the knowledge that you're not alone."

For Jeff Buziak, father of realtor Lindsay Buziak, personal safety takes on a whole other level of meaning. In 2008 Jeff's daughter went alone to meet with a potential homebuyer in Victoria and was brutally murdered.

"Whenever I talk to realtors or anyone who works alone, I tell them to be vigilant about their personal safety," asserts Jeff, "I would do anything to have had the chance to put a tool like the MyForce app in my daughter's hand. It might have made all the difference."

MyForce is simple to use. Whenever you're going into a situation that makes you uneasy, simply launch the app. If help is needed, press the alert button to immediately connect with the MyForce monitoring centre. A live operator begins listening to and assessing your situation, and quickly dispatches the appropriate help.

Another special feature of MyForce is the app's GPS tracking technology. MyForce delivers continuous GPS tracking so the emergency response team pinpoints your exact location and you get help faster.

"We're lucky to live in Canada and enjoy relatively low crime statistics. However, 39% of Canadians report having used a crime prevention method to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime," states Bob. "Vigilance is the key but the MyForce app is a safety tool that adds another layer of security. MyForce provides users increased peace of mind and the confidence to get out and keep doing what they love."

The MyForce app is now available in Canada for android, iPhone and most Blackberry models. Visit your favourite app store or myforce.ca.

About SafeTracks GPS Solutions
SafeTracks GPS Solutions is leading the evolution of the electronic monitoring industry in Canada. The SafeTracks team is committed to utilizing GPS tracking technology to offer a variety of solutions to enhance personal and public safety. The SafeTracks product line delivers improved safety and quality of life to a variety of audiences including children, seniors, domestic violence victims, and employees who work alone or in high-risk professions.

Image with caption: "At the press of a button, the MyForce app connects the user with a live monitoring centre that dispatches help to your GPS location when warranted. (CNW Group/SafeTracks GPS Solutions)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131105_C4347_PHOTO_EN_32967.jpg

SOURCE: SafeTracks GPS Solutions

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or to set up an interview with Bob Aloisio or Jeff Buziak, contact:

Shannon Fox
Momentum Communications
P: 403-453-1066
C: 403-966-5130
E: shannonf@momentumcommunications.ca

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