SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — “T Map,” the popular smartphone-based navigator service provided by SK Planet, is trying to expand its role as a public safety tool. The company said on November 25 that its T Map service is building a variety of public services upon its location-based service used by 17 million people. One of the recently added services is “T Map Safe Walk Home,” which indicates the best route home avoiding dark alleys and crime-prone streets.
The service is provided in partnership with the Gyeonggi Provincial Police Agency. In addition to the safe walkway guide, the service also shows up places to which the potential victim can run such as 24-hour convenience stores, closed-circuit TVs, and police posts.
Since signing a partnership agreement with the police agency in November last year, SK Planet has begun expanding the T Map coverage starting with the area in Shiheung. Now the coverage has increased to 50 areas within the province. The company plans to enlarge the coverage area farther afield to six metropolitan cities in the country including Seoul.
The Safe Walk Home service also allows the user to send out location data to the preset numbers of guardians with an interval of 3 to 10 minutes. It can also generate siren sound by shaking the handset hard while permitting one-touch connection to the 112 service (emergency police contact number).
By Sean Chung (firstname.lastname@example.org)