FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 16 2016
Media Contact: Molly Antos
Punch Technologies today introduces PAL, the first mobile app to help users crowd source safety for a wide scope of situations.
CHARLOTTE, NC, Feb 16 2016 –
Punch Technologies today introduces PAL, the first mobile app to help users crowd source safety for a wide scope of situations. This technology provides new functionality to the previously released Punch Alert app.
The first safety app to focus on the responder’s needs, Punch Alert turns any iOS or Android device into a mobile emergency solution. Users report emergencies or suspicious situations to preselected responders with text notes, images, video or audio recordings. Responders can crowd source this information, and redistribute warnings and announcements to the entire community as one mass notification. Instantly after an emergency is reported, responders receive an email, text message and automated phone call with the name and location of the person reporting the emergency. Responders can screen emergencies as they come in, release them to specific users, distribute emergency plans, communicate with other responders, share content and updates with anyone necessary and completely resolve the emergency – all from a mobile device.
Housed within the Punch Alert app, PAL users have the option of pushing a red or blue button. Red allows users to give or receive help from other PAL users in the area. After pressing the red button, users categorize the help request and wait for PALs to accept and respond. Once help is on the way, users can chat with the PALs coming to help to provide further information or instructions. After the interaction is resolved, the user can rate the PAL helper for future interactions. Any PAL can accept or dismiss help requests in the vicinity and report inappropriate PAL requests. Situations where the red button might be of use include:
- feeling threatened or trapped
- domestic abuse
- running out of gas
- any emergency where the ten minute wait for 911 is too long
The blue button allows users post and view safety tips in the area. Users press the blue button, categorize the post and post comments or photos to help describe the situation. All tips are displayed on a map to keep PALs in the area up to date and informed. Situations where the blue button might be of use include:
- a suspicious person or activity
- a dangerous animal
- weather problems
- hazardous material
- ice on the road
Both apps are free, though PAL will initially only be available for iOS, whereas Punch alert is available for both iOS and Android. At launch, PAL will be available on an invite-only basis. Visit joinpal.co to sign up for product updates.