Soft Serve Consulting is proud to present, a proudly South African first… A peer to peer panic button named CallForHelp!
In South Africa, specifically on farms, the people you know might be able to come to your aid faster than the police (if you have time to call the police, and, if they answer the phone). And that is what CallForHelp! does. It allows you to build up a network between the people you know and trust, and if that dreaded day comes when you need help urgently, you simply open the app and slam on the big red button. This will notify all your contacts that you have linked to the app.
Linking contacts: Every installation of CallForHelp! produces a unique QR code that informs other installations of the app how to send you a panic message if they need to. So, to add someone you would like to contact, simply scan their QR code (or have them WhatsApp it to you). Similarly, if you consent to being contacted when someone else needs assistance, let them scan yours. What could be simpler?
CallForHelp! will, when enabled and available, send your location to all your contacts, which enables them to find you quickly (for those who are close).
The image above is the main/first screen of the app, and it only has one job.
Pressing on the three lines at the top left opens up the navigation menu to access the other app screens.
The first option below the Alert Button option is the user info. This is extracted from the user’s gmail login (required to use the app). It also contains the QR code that other users need to scan in order for you to receive panic alerts from them.
The next option is to view and augment your connected network of contacts. To scan other people’s QR codes, it is required that you also install a pre-selected QR scanner app from Google Play. If somebody has opted to send you their QR code via WhatsApp, there is a button here that you can use to import that from the phone’s storage. Once a contact is listed in the app, a quick tap of the green test button should confirm that the link has been established by sending a test alert to the contact.
The next two menu options allow you to view and manage sent and received alerts. Long-press an alert to initiate multiple selection mode, and then tap all alerts you wish to delete, and then tap the delete button. Or, simply don’t long-press, and tap the delete button to remove all alerts. Simply tapping on an alert opens it up to enable viewing of location and other alert details. Green dotted alerts indicate test alerts, red dots indicate instances where the big red button was used.
The app costs money to maintain, and has a generous allocation of free panic clicks (10) and test clicks (30) included monthly. Should you feel you need more, or just want to support what we do financially, an option to buy a subscription is available, monthly to yearly options are available, details in the image below.
Some instructional videos – This section will grow as more videos are made and uploaded.
How to register on CallForHelp!
How to add and test contacts on CallForHelp!
How to share contacts without scanning a QR code with your camera