Rio 2016: New Travel App, Safeture, To Help Visitors Stay Safe During The Summer Olympic Games

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With real-time security alerts delivered straight to phones 24/7, Global Warning System is offering its Safeture app free to the first 10,000 travelers who download/activate it on site in Rio

Safeture travel safety app (riosafety2016.com)

We will send real-time, geo-localized information to you if something happens where you are. ... You can travel. We will keep watch.” - Andreas Rodman, chief executive officer of Global Warning System

The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place on August 5-21, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the most exciting cities in the world with its vivid culture, beautiful landscape and gorgeous weather. To help visitors enjoy the upcoming Summer Games to the fullest, the Swedish company Global Warning System (GWS) is releasing a new version of Safeture, its mobile-based warning, communication and tracking app, for people who are traveling to Rio for the events. GWS is offering Safeture free to the first 10,000 travelers in Rio who download or activate the app on site during the Games.

Safeture is the first global mobile app to comprehensively address the growing worldwide need for location-based, quick and relevant security and safety information. The app combines mobile communication and positioning technology with a comprehensive system for monitoring security-related incidents. Safeture provides travelers with real-time warnings, alerts and useful facts about security, safety and health threats. Its 24/7 analytical support team sends relevant real-time information to the smartphones of users, and the app helps users share their position, get local news and information, receive local advice when arriving at a new destination and stay connected to friends and family.

About 5.7 million tickets have been offered for sale so far for various competitions from archery to weightlifting, and 350,000 – 500,000 international visitors are expected. Especially those of them who have never been to Latin America before, might wonder if there are certain aspects to be concerned about. There are reports saying that Brazil is the second hardest hit region by the Zika virus. Moreover, unstable political conditions, violence in some parts of Rio de Janeiro, water pollution and the worldwide terror threat might alert visitors. However, the last thing that visitors, inhabitants and athletes in Rio will need is an environment of fear and worries. For that reason, GWS is offering the Safeture app with Rio-specific content.

“Travel can be more wonderful and exciting than just about anything. But there are times when you should be watchful,” said Andreas Rodman, chief executive officer of GWS. “We want to let you enjoy exploring and discovering. Safeture will be there with the information you need. We will send real-time, geo-localized information to you if something happens where you are. We let you keep track of the location of friends and family – both those accompanying you and those at home. You can travel. We will keep watch.”

To make sure that Safeture users can rely on the most up-to-date information when visiting the Games in Rio, GWS has added city-specific information to the “region information” section of Brazil in the Safeture app. For example, users can find an overview of the current situation in Rio, information regarding terror threats, crime and civil unrest. Users can also find information about medical issues such as Zika Virus, medical facilities and general safety tips about traveling in Rio de Janeiro. Incidents affecting the city of Rio de Janeiro will be updated 24/7 to give people as much time as possible to react to a potential concern.

“In preparation for the Games in Rio, we have put together a dedicated monitoring group that consists of professional analysts who will keep a close eye on everything that unfolds before, during and in the aftermath of the event,” said Johan Tinnerholm, chief operating officer of Safeture. “If something unexpected occurs, Safeture app users will be the first to know and they will be professionally advised on how to respond or take precautions.”

Key features of the Safeture app include:

  • Local news wherever you are: Automatically tracks the user’s location and provides real-time SMS-alerts about local incidents
  • Direct push notifications: Provides timely warnings against threats at or near the user’s location
  • Sharing information: Offers a way to send an alarm with location information if a sudden threat appears
  • Share your position: Includes a “safe journey” function that lets users share their position with family and friends so they can track travel paths and confirm safe arrivals
  • Walk me home: Users can alert friends and family and give them a real-time trail of the user’s movements
  • Automatic translation: Messages and regional information can be translated in 90 different languages
  • Additional emergency information: Provides accurate and updated security information and local emergency phone numbers

Users can download Safeture on the Apple App Store or Google Play. GWS will be offering its app for free to the first 10,000 people who download the app in Rio during the Games. For more information, visit http://www.riosafety2016.com.

To download a Safeture product sheet, editorial and product photos, and AWS and Safeture logos, visit globalwarningsystem.com/media/gws-press-kit.

About Safeture:
Safeture is the first global mobile app to comprehensively address the growing need globally for location-based, quick and relevant security information. Safeture is a service that provides crucial and location-based safety information. The app combines mobile communication and positioning technology with a comprehensive system for monitoring security-related incidents. Follow on Twitter: @Safeture.

About Global Warning System (GWS):
Global Warning System Production (listed on NASDAQ OMX First North Stockholm as “GWS”) is a Swedish-founded security company. GWS is providing a proprietary mobile-based personal security service, directly or via partners, to companies and individuals in need of safety information to protect employees and/or themselves when travelling. Sedermera Fondkommission is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, visit globalwarningsystem.com.

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