The app was developed by an Irish father, following an incident with his son
Irishman Paul Price developed a personal safety app following an incident involving his son. The application provides personal assistance and support to users if they find themselves in a vulnerable or threatening situation.
With a single touch, users can activate the BigRedButton on their screen and be immediately connected with a trained team who will know who they are, where they are and how best to help in a situation. The team on the other end of the phone can connect the caller to the emergency services too if needed.
Speaking about the event that led him to creating the BigRedButton app, Paul Price said: “We got a call from our son, who was in trouble, but we were not close enough to get to him quickly. We had to hang up and ring around to find someone who could get to him quicker than we could. When we tried to call back his line was engaged and when we did finally get through, it was obvious that the police were required so, again, we had to hang up so he could call 999. For everyone involved, not being in constant communication, was very stressful and I knew that this was a situation that other individuals and families find themselves in.”
“If you have ever felt uneasy when out running, going to or from the office or simply coming home from a night out with friends then the BigRedButton team can be your best friend in that situation” Price said. “You may not want to wake up family or worry them, which we’ve found in research is especially true for teenagers and college students, but you do want to know that someone is always there ready and waiting to help if you decide you need it. BigRedButton does that and we know it will provide a great comfort to those who would like the option of having that extra support. As soon as the person has is happy they are safe, simply tell the team, and hang up. The user is always in control.”
The application is available to download now and is very easy to set up. Once the app has been downloaded users register their details and create a personalised list of support contacts, be that a parent, a partner, friend, or even a work colleague.