Location-based tracking and personal security features are to be added to widely available GPS enabled mobile devices, following a deal between phone-maker Nokia and the Swedish security business of Securitas Group.
The collaboration between the two companies could finally help drive mass adoption of well-branded mobile personal security and safety functions.
“Services regarding personal security have so far mainly been used by people with an increased risk profile and have required separate devices with GPS and alarm button. Security services in mobile devices are soon to be as common as the camera, making this a mass market service” a spokesperson for the companies said.
Aimed at Nokia’s S60 platform, a service called Safe-2-Go will be launched during the first half of the year that lets S60-based mobiles to be used by people to send alarms, locate another person or track the movements of friends and family within a certain area.