Students walking home from school alone and teachers working late at school now have a new tool to get them home safe.
An android version of the popular iPhone app, Get Home Safe, has been launched today. The app raises a pre-set alarm if the user doesn’t get home safe.
The iPhone version of the app launched in New Zealand in August and received extensive international media attention and topped the country’s iPhone App download charts, hitting the number one spot on its first day of release.
Boyd Peacock, Get home Safe founder, says the feedback and enquiry has been huge and people have been asking about the android version.
“I knew Get Home Safe filled a gap in the market but the enquiries we’ve had from people wanting to use GHS as individuals or for their business has been phenomenal. Now we’re on Android we can meet so much more of this demand,” he says.
“While we know Android phone ownership is high, traditionally their use of apps has been very low compared to iPhone users. The demand we’ve seen for Android over iPhone reflects the quickly changing world of apps and the smartphone market.”
The Get Home Safe App is also a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Innovator Awards in the category of Marketing and Communications.