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Fall Monitor

Fall Monitor

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App Description

The following description comes from the Google Play Store description of the app:

Fall Monitor is an application that is used to safeguard a person who has bad balance. It sends a message via SMS to the designated emergency contact(s) upon falling. It may also be used for activities such as walking, jogging, cycling, horse riding, hiking etc. Other uses may include people who suffer from epilepsy, narcolepsy, etc.

The SMS contains a link to where the person has fallen on google maps. There are three ways a location can be determined via GPS, cell-tower triangluation or using Wi-Fi networks. It will use the most accurate technique available to locate where the person has fallen.

Fall Monitor uses a clever algorithm in order to detect a fall. It must be noted there is a delay of ten seconds before the alert goes off. This is the still state. The alert only activates if the user has not moved for ten seconds after the fall. This is used to prevent false alarms, as the user may get up again after the fall.

The alert then gives the user forty seconds to cancel the alert in case of a false alarm.

Key Features competitors don't have:
Automatic calibration.
Three different location techniques in order to detect the fall location.
Works while the screen is off.
Simple interface.
Accesses phonebook for contacts.
Works while the phone is locked.
Fall monitor service starts automatically when you turn on the phone.
Multiple emergency contacts supported.
Regular updates.
Direct rapid feedback from developer (me!) for any problems that may be encountered.

Since I am a solo developer, I vacate all the roles in the development process. Please feel free to give me feedback on the app and in particular how it could be improved upon. Bug reports would be greatly appreciated also, if any bugs exist. You can contact me via email (ericcurtin1990 [at] gmail.com), and I will try my best to respond within twenty-four hours. All emails will be responded to.

Websites:
http://ie.linkedin.com/in/ericcurtin1990/
http://ericcurtin.wordpress.com/

Sensitive Permissions Used By This App
Permission What Why
Disable your screen lock Allows applications to disable the keyguard if it is not secure. It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Send sms messages Can send SMS messages Internal
Read your contacts Can read user's contact list (phone book) and phone call history Internal
Precise location (gps and network-based) Can use user's precise location Internal
Full network access Can access the internet Not analyzed yet
Approximate location (network-based) Can use user's approximate location Not analyzed yet

Privacy Analysis

Version of the app analyzed:

1.5

App was last analyzed by Privacy Grade on:

09/14/2014

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