In a world gone mad, this new BlackBerry app makes perfect sense.
Now, if you’re a traveling executive and you happen to be kidnapped, you can set off the spy software on your global positioning system (GPS) enabled BlackBerry that will let your company know your exact location.
New York-based BrickHouse Security has launched this kidnapping safety app for travelers. Dubbed the Executrac mobile GPS tracking software, it’s an invisible application that turns any BlackBerry or smart phone into a covert GPS tracker with an emergency panic button.
The $19.95-a-month application is so covert that it can be deployed wirelessly in seconds to thousands of company-owned BlackBerrys unbeknownst to the user, or the user’s kidnappers.
Of course, this app could also be used in an Orwellian way. Employees now have the power to closely monitor employees anywhere in the world. Companies can check to see if remote employees are really doing their work or not. The company could do this with or without the employees’ knowledge.
BrickHouse is recommending the app to journalists and executives who travel to dangerous areas.
The tracking is accurate to within 5 to 15 meters, and the software starts working within nine seconds of being turned on. Over 24 hours, the app uses less than 15 percent of a BlackBerry’s battery.
This app gets my vote for the oddball mobile app of the day. But a close second was the pimple popping application for the iPhone from Room Candy Games.