This app contacts local authorities when you’re in danger

This app contacts local authorities when you’re in danger

In 2013, former University of Missouri student, Zach Winkler began to notice a lot of his fellow classmates, specifically, women, feeling unsafe walking home at night. Blue light poles were placed around campus for this purpose. They allow students to run to them and push a button signaling campus security when they feel unsafe or uncomfortable. However, this solution was more reactive than proactive. Winkler looked up data released by the school and realized that students hardly ever used them. So, he and three friends decided to create SafeTrek, now known as Noonlight.

Noonlight is a safety app that contacts local police after you provide an indication that you may be in immediate danger. If you find yourself in an unsafe or uncomfortable situation, you hold down onto the center circle button on the app’s main page. Once you have arrived at your destination and you know you’re safe, you disable the app by letting go of the screen and typing in your four-digit passcode. You have ten seconds to do this. If you fail or choose not to type in the pin due to be put in a compromising position, the app will contact the authorities with your location.

This app provides students the opportunity to communicate nonverbally through a text message forum. However, if one is unable to communicate, Noonlight will still track and report the location to allow local police, fire or medical to come to the rescue as soon as possible. Noonlight doesn’t waste a second of time when it comes to your safety.

Noonlight partners with several entities to help extend its safety features. In 2018, Fossil added Noonlight to its latest lineup of smartwatches. It now allows users to press a “Send Help!” button when they need emergency assistance. It can connect to Uber, Lyft, Alexa and more. Noonlight has also collaborated with Tinder to give U.S. users backup whenever they meet up with someone new. By connecting Noonlight to Tinder, individuals can add a badge to their chat threads and let people know they’re protected by Noonlight. Using Noonlight’s Timeline feature, users can share where, when and who they’re meeting up with in real life. They can also discreetly trigger emergency services if they are uncomfortable or need help while on a date. 

Online dating is the new normal. It’s important to share date details with Noonlight in case of emergency. You never know who you are going to meet online. Are they who they say they are? Here’s how to share Noonlight with Tinder…

  1. On Tinder, open the app to the person you’re meeting with in real life. 
  2. Tap the Noonlight Logo, the blue circle icon, at the bottom of the screen. 
  3. Select “Add to Timeline” to share your date details with Noonlight.

Whether you are a student walking home alone one night, riding in an Uber by yourself or going on a first date with a stranger you met online; you never know what could happen. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Noonlight allows you to protect yourself and relieve any anxieties you may have. This app is available in the Google Play Store and App Store for you to download.

This information does not guarantee online safety and is provided as a courtesy of Smart Gen Society. SGS is not legally responsible for your family's digital planning or safety.