It all started three years ago when my sister was studying in Australia. She drove a car alone and it was at night. The car skidded and hit a tree on the roadside. She went unconscious and there was nobody using the road since it was midnight. It took some time for a car to pass by and rescue my sister by taking her to a hospital.
We in Malaysia just get to know about the news three days after the accident since no one had told us about it and we couldn’t get through when we tried to call her. She called us after three days and luckily she only had minor injuries.
What would have happened if there was a petrol leakage or other unwanted things to happen to her? A lot of women and children sometimes are forced into unwanted situations. The incident really affected me and prompted me to create a multiplatform mobile application to protect the ones that I love.
Can you tell me how the apps functions?
A lot of security mobile apps in the market have a panic button to alert whoever that you had assigned in the phone. The problem with the software in the market is you will need to unlock the phone, search the application, open the application and press the button. Anything can happen during the time before you reach the panic button.
With SeQ.me, there are a few way for you to trigger the alert system. First, if our server didn’t get any response from your phone, we will send you a message asking “are you alright?” If you didn’t reply in a period, the server will notify everyone that you had assigned that you’ll need help.
Second, you can just shake your phone and SecQ.me will automatically activate the video recorder with flash from your phone. You can record video from the phone and the video will be automatically sent to our server, and yes, it will notify all your contacts.
I will continue with research and development for SeQ.me. I would like to see SeQ.me installed into the all smartphone users so we can ensure protection for our loved ones. I would also like to develop our own devices for kids and women who need safety precautions.
Do you think Malaysian mobile app developers are at par with other developers around the world?
The API (Application programming interface) and tutorials are everywhere on the internet and everybody can access it. Are we on par? Yes, and I have seen quite a few people who are able to develop a good apps. The only hard part is to compete in the market where there are thousands of applications.
My advice to new developers is, don’t wait until the whole app features are completed. Your apps might end up outdated by the time it is fully completed.