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Microsoft's India employees craft a phone-based safety app in their spare time

New Delhi, Dec. 27, 2013: Developers at Microsoft India have crafted a safety application, for Windows Phone users that lets friends and family track them in real time using Microsoft Windows Azure cloud services and Bing Map APIs.   They created the app in six months  as part of  Microsoft Garage,  a global employee innovation initiative that gives Microsoft employees an outlet to explore ideas.
Guardian enables users to switch on a ‘track me’ feature in the app Guardian users can call for help through an ‘SOS’ alert button and also connect to security agencies, police and hospitals easily via this app in times of distress.
To use Guardian effectively, users need to add the names of friends, family members and security groups to the settings. In an emergency situation, the app can be used to alert them, via the SOS button. All the user has to do is tap the SOS button. The phone then sends a distress SMS to all buddy mobiles, notifying them of the emergency along with location details. At the same time the SOS button also sends emails to buddy email IDs and posts to private Facebook groups, if registered. Guardian uses Microsoft Windows Azure cloud services and Bing Map APIs extensively and can help securities authorities and medical teams track the user. The phone can be traced even if it is broken. The application is capable of one touch video recording that may be used later as evidence.
The Guardian app is available exclusively for Windows Phone users. It can be downloaded at http://aka.ms/guardianapp