JTrek LLC, a division of Xtel Communications Inc, just announced openings for beta testers to check out its personal security surveillance software. Ever since I learned about JTrek, I've wondered about the many ways people can use their Smartphones to record situations that appear dangerous. Or situations where there's been an accident or other incident. And how might this work for many people with disabilities? Why? Because people with a JTrek account can, in such situations, hit a panic button, and begin recording an incident or person who appears questionable, and the info immediately appears on the JTrek website. At the same time, hitting the panic button will notify pre-arranged contacts via texting or email. And JTrek uses Geotagging, as well. Everything is recorded on the website, and can later be edited (except anything to do with GPS, which can't be edited). Think about runners who constantly put themselves in harm's way. Think about students on campus who need that extra feature to protect them both in dormitories or on campus. Think about people on night shifts who must use isolated parking garages. Think about people out walking dogs (exceptions: German Shepard, Rottweilers, etc.). Think about people in hotels who often leave and arrive at night. And many of these same people must use darkened parking garages as they travel. Think about nannies and parents watching children in a park. Think about people with disabilities who often must move more slowly in a given situation. And JTrek has its beta testing open. If you have a Smartphone, consider testing this amazing software, and while you're doing so, think of all the ways it can be used to deter crime and record incidents that need photos. Here's how JTrek sums up its product and the potential for deterring crime:
...once the application grows in popularity and the public becomes more generally aware of technology used in this manner, the application will undoubtedly provide a degree of deterrence to other crimes. For example, see how crime has diminished now that video cameras are installed in automatic teller machines. We don't claim to be able to prevent anything like this from happening to you, but once perpetrators learn of our video/photo technology with cellular-based Smartphones, we are confident they will likely avoid confrontation with you, rather than risk being identified.Many of us are on the streets, in shopping malls, on campuses, walking, running, and traveling. Constantly. Consider being a beta tester for JTrek, and give your opinions to the JTrek team and via social networking.