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Police to add this feature to Hawk Eye app with an eye on making travel safer for women

Hawk Eye, the popular mobile application of the Hyderabad City Police, which has clocked over 10 lakh users, is adding one more feature to its services with an eye on making travel safer for women. The new feature, which is a navigator called ‘Track Me’, will enable the police to live track the entire route, once the passenger reports her boarding point. Any deviation in the route will immediately send an alert, both to the police and the passenger as well. The passenger can report that she ‘reached safely’ once her destination arrives, so that the live tracking can be stopped.

This will be crucial in cases where cab drivers have turned villains, attempted to kidnap and harass or harm women passengers, police officials said. Earlier, Hawk Eye enabled women to only report their boarding point and destination via the app. The ‘Track Me’ feature, which will depend on Google Maps, just as the cabs do, is expected to bring down crimes against women and act as a ‘mobile’ police companion during journeys.

This apart, the panic button or SOS facility provided by cab aggregators like Ola and Easy Commute is also being integrated with Hawk Eye. As of now, use of this button during emergencies would send an alert to the cab company, who would have to react and alert the police. With the integration of these buttons with the Hawk Eye app, using the SOS button will alert the police as well, ensuring swift reaction. Launched on December 31, 2014, Hawk Eye App has been proved useful for many with features that enable informing traffic violations, happening crimes, crime against women, access to contact numbers of Telangana State Police at one place and so on.

The app has also spread its wings, now being in use in eight other commissionerates other than Hyderabad. These were Warangal, Karimnagar, Ramagundam, Nizamabad, Siddipet, Khammam, Cyberabad and Rachakonda. “The app has elicited a highly positive response and has got 10 lakh users. The Hyderabad Commissionerate alone has over 4 lakh citizens using this app, which has also empowered people to become citizen police,” says VV Srinivasa Rao, City Police Commissioner.

The app, which received a Gold award for Innovative Use of Mobile Phone Technology in e-Governance, instituted by the Central government, has registered over 26,500 complaints in Hyderabad city. On average, anywhere between 70 and 100 complaints are being registered every day in the 60 police stations under the Hyderabad Police limits. “Majority of the complaints are on traffic violations, noise pollution, crimes happening around them, crimes against woman and violations by police,” Rao said, adding that the Commissionerate has social media wing comprising a Sub-Inspector and 12 constables to keep a watch round the clock on social media platforms like Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook to resolve complaints.

Meanwhile, efforts are on to integrate the ‘Lost Report’ app as well with Hawk Eye. Lost Report enables reportage of loss of documents, articles, mobile phones etc., to obtain a report from police for applying for duplicate documents or to claim insurance.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Sunny Baski

Quelle/Source: Telangana Today, 03.02.2018

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