Telerik, a provider of software development solutions for .NET, web, and mobile, has launched SafeBridge, a new free mobile app that women and other vulnerable groups (children, night workers, tourists) can use to send emergency SMSs with GPS information to preset lists of trusted contacts. The beta version of the SafeBridge mobile app is currently available for Android phones and will soon be available for iPhone and BlackBerry.

Users can download the mobile app on the SafeBridge web page and do not need to register to download or run the app. To use the app, the user presets the contacts of friends and relatives who will be notified in the case of an imminent threat. The SafeBridge app provides a one-touch “HELP ME!” button that sends out an SMS with GPS information. When the threat has passed, the user can press the “I’m Safe” button to notify contacts that she is safe.

Additionally, the user can personalize the “help” and “safe” messages and use the app’s Track Me feature to send out her current location at predetermined intervals. The app also includes a directory of Dehli police stations; Telerik plans to add additional cities and other relevant resources to the directory.

Telerik created the SafeBridge mobile app in response to recent crime incidents against women in India — building, testing, and launching the beta version of the mobile app in a relatively short time frame. Explaining the rationale for creating the app, Abhishek Kant, country manager of Telerik India, said “The urgency of the recent incidents required a prompt response and thanks to Telerik products [Icenium and and Kendo UI] we are able to quickly build the application for all types of phone users.”

For more information about SafeBridge, check out the SafeBridge Facebook page or the Google Play SafeBridge page.