1. What does the app do?

LyfeShield is an innovative safety tool developed with your safety and your protection from any potential danger in your daily lives into mind. The application and its rich features have been designed in order to make you always feel safer, by letting your beloved ones know that you need help in cases of emergency.

By downloading LyfeShield you gain access to a danger detection system which lets you automatically send emergency messages to selected contacts, in the form of text messages (SMS) and email messages, as well as by emergency phone calls. Emergency messages contain critical information, such as your location and supplementary audio/video files which can assist the notified contacts locate and help you as soon as possible.

Having detected an emergency situation, the app sends immediately a quick emergency message to the defined contacts letting them know that you are in danger. As per your preferences, the quick emergency message may entail your current location. Consequently, and for 2 minutes, the application records your route along with audio/video data, utilizing your device’s microphone and camera(s). After this period, a final emergency message is sent containing your route on a map and the recorded audio/video files. After this, and for every 5 minutes, app sends your location until you stop alert mode by clicking on Safe button (safe mode).

In case you need to reassure your contacts that you are fine and not in danger (or to deactivate an active emergency situation) you have the capability to instantly send a reassurance message (Safe mode).

Taking into consideration that it is possible during emergency situations for you not to be able to utilize straightforwardly the app to notify your beloved ones, LyfeShield provides alternative ways to activate an emergency situation, such as voice commands or an intense shake of your device or via a wearable device (Smart Watch or a Flic button).

Finally, via the “My Map” feature, you have the option of:

  1. View the geolocation locations of your friends on the map
  2. See friends status (online, standby, alert, safe, offline)
  3. Follow them on their way to their home (follow me)
  4. See information about zones (safety/dangerous/neutral)
  5. See if a friend is in a zone
  6. Be informed if you are entering a hazardous area
  7. View alert warnings from the travel agency
  8. Communicate with a friend or with the whole group via chat
  9. Ask a question to a friend if he is well
  10. answer a question from a travel agency if you are well.
  11. Make a fake call when you want to "get rid of" or impress someone
  12. See points of interest around your place

TO USE THE APPLICATION, YOU MUST SUPPLY A PASSCODE KEY FROM THE TRAVEL AGENCY.

2. Quick Start

The first step you need to do in the application is to register with your details by necessarily giving the passcode key that you have purchased from the travel agency. You can do this by clicking on “create an account”. After registration you can login to app with your credentials  by clicking on “Login” button (you have the option to bypass the login process by clicking on “Emergency Login” button when you want to send an alert in emergency situations). Remember that after “Emergency Login” you must exit from app in order to continue use it and have all features available.

The second step before taking advantage of the app and its rich features, refers to the definition of the desired emergency contacts. These contacts represent the people that will be notified by the app in cases of emergency.

In order to define your emergency contacts, press the Emergency contacts button in the app’s main page. At this point, you can view or edit your selected contacts. By pressing the "+" symbol, you can add a new contact. Consequently, you are required to fill in the needed contact information in the appropriate fields of the data form. To simplify this data entry process you can always refer to your device’s contact list and select an already saved contact. In this case the app retrieves the available contact information and fills in the form automatically.

Below the data form, you are required to set the desired emergency/reassurance message channels. When selecting an email message, a valid email address must be inserted in the respective field of the data form. Accordingly, a phone call or an SMS message required a valid phone number to be inserted in the respective field of the data form.

Due to the nature of emergency phone calls, only one of the defined contacts can receive an emergency call in cases of emergency. On the contrary, email and SMS messages can be sent in parallel to multiple contacts. To conclude the new contact insertion process, press the “Save” button. In order to edit a contact, just press the respective cell in the contact list.

Having returned to the main page of the app you can press the menu button on the upper left side (3 lines) to move to the app configuration side panel. The “General Settings of Alert System” option lets you define:

  • Whether the app will send email and SMS messages and the content of these messages.
  • If emergency messages will contain location information and audio/video files.
  • Whether the app will track your location during an emergency situation.
  • Whether an active emergency situation will trigger a loud alarm sound.
  • Whether an emergency situation can be identified by an intense shake of your device. This feature, as well as voice commands, has been designed for use cases where the user is not in position to activate an emergency situation by pressing the shield button.

Back to the app configuration side panel the “Voice commands” button lets you define:

  • Whether an emergency situation can be identified through a voice command.
  • Particular emergency situation activation/deactivation voice commands.

You are now ready to start!

Back to the main page, you can put the application in standby mode by pressing the Shield button. In “Standby Mode” LyfeShield works in the background and will still be in position to detect an activation/deactivation voice command or a shake of the device to activate/deactivate an emergency situation. While in “Stand by Mode”, you can press shield button again to send an alert message, or press “Safe” button to cancel Stand by mode and send a reassurance message to your friends.

Finally, clicking on “My Map” button you can see a “buddy” interface with friends locations, friends status, see poi’s near you, and so on (see section 1 for more details).

3. What you can do with the Menu side panel?

You can press the menu button to move to the app configuration side panel.  

Here you have the following options:

a.    The “Click icon to view/edit your profile” option lets you change your profile and change your password. Click on your avatar in order to change your profile.

b.    The “Group Chat” option lets you communicate with the whole travel group via chat. Here you can send text, image, video, view the group members (grey button on the upper right) and do a refresh (white button on the upper right).

c.    The “How It Works” option provides you with a guide on how the application main alert system works.

d.    The “Emergency Contacts” option is the same as the “Emergency Contacts” button in the main screen (see above section 2 Quick Start).

e.    The “Bluetooth Devices” option lets you see the status (connected, disconnected) of the Smart Watch device and Flic button that app supports. You can also define if you want a device (Smart watch or Flic) to be active or inactive (inactive means that if you press a button on an inactive device it will do nothing!).
Additionally, here you can declare  the Flic Shortcuts (assign a flic button push to an app function).

LyfeShield has been designed to support the usage of Android Wear smartwatches. In more detail, the Android Wear version of the app supports the following features:

  • Emergency situation activation (by button or device shake)
  • Reassurance messages
  • Siren activation/deactivation
  • Fake Call
  • Voice commands
  • Constant user notification regarding the app’s status through push notifications, specifically designed for smartwatches.
  • Constant user notification regarding app’s activities through vibrations.

f.    The “Alert Warnings” option lets you see alerts messages (push notifications) from your travel agency.

g.    Clicking on “More” option you will see the following options:

h.    The “App General Settings” option lets you define:

  • Whether the app will make an automatic login when it starts.
  • If you want to receive push notifications
  • If you want to participate in group chat (which group has members all travelers of the same travel group)
  • If you want to see meters or miles in the whole app.

i.    The “General Settings of Alert System” option lets you define:

  • Whether the app will send email and SMS messages and the content of these messages.
  • If emergency messages will contain location information and audio/video files.
  • Whether the app will track your location during an emergency situation.
  • Whether an active emergency situation will trigger a loud alarm sound.
  • Whether an emergency situation can be identified by an intense shake of your device. This feature, as well as voice commands, has been designed for use cases where the user is not in position to activate an emergency situation by pressing the Shield button.

j.    The “Voice Commands” button lets you define:

  • Whether an emergency situation can be identified through a voice command.
  • Particular emergency situation activation/deactivation voice commands.

J.    The “Review Last Alert” button moves you to a detailed overview of the last recorded emergency situation, which contains your route sketched on a map along with a distinctive indication of the place where the emergency situation had been activated, recorded audio/video files, as well as a detailed app activity list describing exactly how the app acted during the last emergency situation. The “Review Last Reassurance” button moves you to a detailed overview of the last recorded reassurance situation, which contains a distinctive indication of the place where the reassurance situation had been activated, as well as a detailed app activity list describing exactly how the app acted during the last reassurance situation.

K.    Lastly, The “About LyfeShield” option describes further information regarding the application, send an email to us, see app web site and giving you the option to add a review for the app.

4. What is Standby Mode?

When you press the shield button for the first time you set app in “Standby Mode”. Standby Mode lets you turn the app into a danger detection tool, which waits for a valid voice command or an intense device shake (silent activation) to activate an emergency situation (Alert Mode). By setting app in Standby Mode, you will be in position to continue using your device with other apps. LyfeShield works in the background (you can click on the “Home” button of device in order to work with other apps) and will still be on guard to detect an activation/deactivation voice command or a shake of the device to activate/deactivate an emergency situation. Furthermore, you can press shield button once more in order to activate an emergency situation and send an emergency alert.

After the detection of an emergency situation activation voice command or an intense shake of the device, the application will automatically trigger an emergency situation (see “What is Alert Mode”). Additionally, while in standby mode, the app will be in position to detect an emergency situation deactivation voice command, in order to deactivate the emergency situation and send a reassurance message (see “What is a Safe Mode”). Furthermore, you can press Safe button in order to deactivate an emergency situation and send a reassurance message.

To be able to fully exploit the standby workflow, as described above, the user must have explicitly defined certain emergency contacts (see “What are Contacts”). Additionally, you must have opted in at least for one of “Activate with voice commands” or “Activate with shake” (see  section 3 “What you can do with the Menu side panel?”).

To disable the standby mode, just press the “Standby” button a second time.

5. What is Alert Mode?

While in Standby Mode, you can enable “Alert Mode” by clicking on the shield button or shake device or speak a voice activation command. “Alert Mode” allows you to instantly activate an emergency situation. An active emergency situation results in the sending of two emergency messages to the contacts you have selected, in the form and with the content you have defined (email/SMS/Phone call), and in the sending of multiple messages every 5 minutes with your geolocation. The “Alert Mode” finishes when you press Safe button.

After the activation of an emergency situation, the app sends immediately a quick message to the selected contacts, letting them know that you are in danger. If you have opted in for the feature, the quick message contains your current location. Consequently, and for 2 minutes, the application records your route along with audio/video data, utilizing your device’s microphone and camera(s). After this period, a second emergency message is sent containing your route on a map and the recorded audio/video files. After this, and in every 5 minutes, app sends a message with your geolocation, until you press Safe button.

To be able to fully exploit the emergency situation workflow, as described above, the user must have explicitly defined certain emergency contacts.

6. What is Safe Mode?

In case you need to reassure your contacts that you are fine and not in danger, you have the capability to instantly send a reassurance message by pressing the Safe button. By pressing the respective button, you let the app send a message to the desired contacts, letting them know that you are not in danger and that there is nothing to worry about concerning your safety.

In case the Safe button is pressed while app is in “Standby Mode”, app deactivates “Standby Mode” and a reassurance message is sent.

In case the Safe button is pressed during an active emergency situation (during Alert Mode), the latter is deactivated and any possible location, audio or video recording is being stopped instantly. After that, a reassurance message is sent, and the app is no longer in an active emergency situation mode (is not in Alert Mode).

To be able to fully exploit the reassurance message workflow, as described above, the user must have explicitly defined certain emergency contacts.

7. What is Fake Call?

The “Fake Call” feature allows you to simulate an incoming call to your device. To activate it, you are requested to fill in a phone number and a display name for the “caller” as well as the time you need the fake call to take place, and press either “Place future call” or press “Call Now” to activate fake call immediately. The given caller information are not exploited by the app at any point, besides during the fake call and only for the purpose of enhancing the visual accuracy of the simulated call. In order to disable a set fake call, you can simply press the “Fake Call” button again. While fake call is active, an animation is running showing the fake call icon in red-white.

8. What is Violation of Safety Perimeter Limits/Zones violation?

Through the limits violation feature, app will notify you through a push notification,

A. if you have come out of a designated safety perimeter

or

B. If you are in a dangerous/neutral zone (available from the app)

a. Features

The first option (safety perimeter violation) is a feature particularly useful in protected members who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, or to prevent abduction of young children and adults.

The second option permits you to avoid dangerous/neutral zones.

Automatic violation detection of safety perimeter limits or zones violation informs you with a notification.

Automatic and constant background operation even when the app is in background.

ATTENTION: Constant GPS exploitation may drain the device battery quicker than with normal device usage.

b. How It Works

A distinctive “Hedge” icon is available in the app’s main screen. Pressing this icon will move you to the respective limits violation detection feature control page, where you enable/disable the feature and setup it. Having enabled the limits violation detection feature, the respective icon in the app’s main page will be replace by a blinking animation, indicating that the feature is enabled. You can also see violation detection view through “My Map” screen (in left side bar).

Select if you want to work with safety perimeter or with zones. If you want to work with safety perimeter specify, from the control panel, the location and preset limits range, by selecting "Specify location and boundaries". Finally, activate system.

Once you activated the feature, the application initiates its background operation, in order to be able to continue its operation even when app is in background.

To further avoid false alarms, in cases of violation detected and before a push notification is triggered, a confirmation dialog box will pop-up, providing you a short time to cancel the violation detection.

9. What is Follow me?

Follow me feature allows you to inform your friends (with push notification) that you want your friends drive you to your destination (for example to your Home). Your friends receive a push notification that informs them that you have enabled follow me feature, and by clicking on it they have the ability to see on their map your path as you are walking to your destination.

A distinctive “walking man” icon is available in the app’s main screen. Pressing this icon will enable/disable follow me feature. Having enabled the follow me feature, the respective icon in the app’s main page will be replace by a blinking animation, indicating that the feature is enabled. You can also enable/disable feature through “My Map” screen.

For more details, see section 10 “My Map”.

10. What is My Map?

My Map feature lets you see a “buddy” interface, in a map and list view, where you see in real time friends locations, friends status and so on. Remember that you must do a refresh often (white button on the upper center), in order to get the latest friends info (locations, statuses, etc.).

A.    SETUP MY MAP/OPTIONS

In this view you can click on the 3 dots icon on upper right in order to declare what you want to see in map (Friends locations and/or Security Zones). These settings are for show/hide friends locations and zones in MAP view only, friends and zones will ALWAYS be shown in lists.

You can also click on the 3 lines icon in upper left in order to see more options (most of them are available in the left side bar of main screen too).

Here you have the following options:
•    Group Chat (opens the group chat with the travel group members)

Here you can send text, video, images and see the members of the group (for members click on grey icon in upper right)

  • The “Alert Warnings” option lets you see alerts messages (push notifications) from your travel agency.

  • The “Emergency Contacts” option lets you see insert/update/delete your friends (see section 2 “Quick start” about contacts).
  • The “Google Earth” option lets you open the Google Earth app.
  • “Zones limits violation” option is the same option as “Violation” in main screen (see section 8 above “What is Violation of Safety Perimeter Limits/Zones violation ?”)

B.    WORKING WITH THE “MY MAP” LISTS

The “My Map”  view includes a map view and a list view.

The whole view has a Touch listener in order to navigate easily with swipes.

In map view you can open left side menu by clicking on 3 dots, OR DO A SWIPE, PUTTING YOUR FINGER OUTSIDE THE MAP AND ON THE LEFT SIDE.

The list view includes 3 lists :

  • Friends list
  • Security Zones list
  • Nearby Google Places list

OPEN LIST SECTION

At the begging, the lists section is closed, in order to open it just click on one of the 3 icons, OR JUST DO A SWIPE FROM DOWN TO UP, PUTTING YOUR FINGER IN THE GREY BACKGROUND  OF THE LIST SECTION (ON AN EMPTY SPACE).

CHANGE LIST

WHILE THE LIST SECTION IS OPEN, IN ORDER TO SELECT WHAT LIST IS SHOWING , JUST CLICK ON THE RELEVANT LIST ICON OF DO A SWIPE LEFT OR RIGHT, PUTTING YOUR FINGER IN THE GREY BACKGROUND OF THE LIST SECTION (ON AN EMPTY SPACE).

CLOSE LIST SECTION

IN ORDER TO CLOSE THE LIST VIEW JUST DO A SWIPE FROM UP TO DOWN, PUTTING YOUR FINGER IN THE GREY BACKGROUND  OF THE LIST SECTION (ON AN EMPTY SPACE).

C.    MY MAP FEATURES

In “My Map” view  you have the following features available:

View the geolocations of your friends-contacts on the map and friends info on a list.

See friends status (standby, alert, safe, offline). Marker colors show the friend status. Moreover, in friends list the same info is shown with the triangle colored icon.

3. Enable the follow me feature

Follow me feature allows you to inform your friends (with push notification) that you want your friends drive you to your destination (for example to your Home). Your friends receive a push notification that informs them that you have enabled follow me feature, and by clicking on it they have the ability to see on their map your path as you are walking to your destination.

In order to activate this feature just click on the “Follow Me” blue icon on the down left side in the map. The blue icon becomes red and app starts sending your geolocation, and sends a push notification to your friends too. You see a blue line in the map that shows your path.

You are ready to begin walking to your destination! App will inform you about the number of friends that they are following you by voice Text -To-Speech and by text in down side of your map view. Moreover, if you click on the relevant text that show the number of followers, you will see a list of followers too.

If you want to use other app features you can leave the “My Map” view, “follow me” will be still active in the whole app.  You will see in the main screen the relevant icon flashing.

If you want to stop it just click on the red icon inside the “My Map” view, or just click on the flashing relevant icon in the main screen view. If you exit app this feature is disabled automatically.

Remember that the “follow me” feature has another usage: it is the only way to inform your friends about your current geolocation, such as to have the ability to see you in their map view.

4. Follow a friend on his way to his home (follow a friend)

When a friend activates the “Follow me” feature you will receive a push notification that informs you that he has enabled the feature, and by clicking on it you have the ability to see on your map your friend’s path as he is walking to his destination.

In order to start follow a friend just click on a friend marker,  then click on info window (or just click on a list item-friend in friends list) and select “Follow your friend”.  You will see in the down side of the map your friend’s name that you are following.

Remember that in order to follow a friend he must enable “Follow me” feature first (you will receive a push notification immediately after the activation).

Here you see, in real time, the whole friend’s path with a red line-path. If your friend has inactive the “follow me” feature in the time you have selected to follow him, then you will just see the last path of the last time he had activated the feature.

After you have begun to follow your friend you will see a red “Follow friend” icon in the middle left side of map. If you want to stop following your friend you can click on this icon.

5. See information about zones (safety/dangerous/neutral). Zones are shown in map with a full colored circle and a colored marker inside it, and in zones list with an empty colored circle. Click ok Legend to see what color means.

If you click on a zone marker you will see an info window with the zone info (Name, description, radius). If you click on the info windows (or click on a zone in the list view) you will see the zone info card, where you  :

  • See a street view around of the center of the zone
  • Navigate to the center of the zone from your location
  • See weather info in zone’s center (first click on 3 dots, select weather and then click on red sun in left upper side if you want to see more weather info)
  • See photos from social networks, around of the zone’s center (click on 3 dots icon)
  • Post the zone info to a social network

6. See if a friend is in a zone (CIRCLE ICON ON FRIENDS LIST AND INTERNAL CIRCLE IN THE FRIEND MARKER). Click ok Legend to see what color means.
7. Be informed if you are entering a hazardous area (violation detection). Option is available in left side bar
8. View alert warnings from the travel agency. Option is available in left side bar.
9. Communicate with a friend or with the whole group via one-to-one or group chat

For group chat you can click on left side bar.

In order to use 1-1 chat click on a friend marker,  then click on info window (or just click on a list item-friend in friends list) and select “1-1 Chat”.

10. Access contact info of a friend

Click on a friend marker,  then click on info window (or just click on a list item-friend in friends list) and select “Contact”.

11. Ask a question to a friend if he is well

Click on a friend marker,  then click on info window (or just click on a list item-friend in friends list) and select “Ask for safety status of your friend”. App will open one-to one chat with your friend and it will complete the question “Are you ok?” in chat comment.

12. See points of interest around your place (Google Places)

Select the type of search (Place Categories, keywords, Google Place Picker, place autocomplete). Clicking on a place marker you see place info window with primitive information, and clicking on info window you can see the place info card:

In info card you can:

  • See a street view around of the place
  • Navigate there from your location
  • See a gallery of place photos
  • See place weather info (first click on 3 dots, select weather and then click on red sun in left upper side if you want to see more weather info)
  • See photos from social networks, around of the place (click on 3 dots icon)
  • Post the place info to a social network

11. What is Safety question from Travel Agency?

App permits you to receive a push notification with a question, from the travel agency, asking you to answer if you are well or not. By clicking on the push notification you can send your answer.

12. What is Passcode key?

In order to use app you must register in it with a valid passcode key. You must receive passcode key from your Travel Agency. Passcode keys are valid for a specific time period. After the time period has expired you will not have the ability to login to the app. However, when the passcode key expires app will inform you about that and you can continue to use the application if you enter a new valid passcode key. In this case, you will not lose any data such as settings, contacts, etc.

13. What is Forgot your password?

If you have forgotten your password, you can enter your username-email by clicking on this option on login screen, and  app will send you a link to your registration email via which you can enter your new password.

14. What is Emergency Login?

You have the option to bypass the login process by clicking on “Emergency Login” button on login screen, whenever you want to send an alert, in emergency situations when you do not have time to login to the app normally.  App automatically, after clicking on button, will activate Alert Mode and will send a normal  emergency alert message.

Remember that after “Emergency Login” you must exit from app in order to continue use it and have all features available (you will see a relevant message in the main screen).

15. Working in the background

LyfeShield allows you to continue using your device with other apps. The app is designed to work in the background and to still be on guard to detect an activation/deactivation voice command or a shake of the device to activate/deactivate an emergency situation. In order to set the app ready for background operation, you need to activate the “Standby Mode” by pressing the Shield button. Consequently, you can minimize the app by clicking on Home button (but not exiting from it) without losing the ability of emergency situations detection.

The Android version of LyfeShield provides the user with an informative “widget” presenting the current status of the app (active/inactive emergency situation, active/inactive standby mode, active/inactive violation detection, active/inactive fake call) as well as the current activities of the app (email sending, utilization of current location, ending a fake call etc.).

To be able to fully exploit the standby workflow, as described above, the user must have explicitly defined certain emergency contacts. Additionally, you must have opted in at least for one of “Activate with voice commands” or “Activate with shake” (see “What are Settings”).

Furthermore, both the “Follow me” and “Violation” and the “Fake Call” functionalities can be active while the app is in the background.

16. Use case scenarios

Do you need to immediately notify your contacts that you are in danger and you need their help? Press the Shield button 2 times and LyfeShield will instantly activate an emergency situation, sending emergency messages to selected contacts, containing your current location along with audio/video files recording the emergency situation.

Do you need to have LyfeShield on guard to detect a possible dangerous situation? Press Shield button for one time to be in “Standby Mode”. In this mode app lets you turn the app into a danger detection tool, which waits for a valid voice command or an intense device shake (silent activation) to activate an emergency situation. LyfeShield works in the background and will still be on guard to detect an activation/deactivation voice command or a shake of the device to activate/deactivate an emergency situation. After the detection of an emergency situation activation voice command or an intense shake of the device, the application will automatically trigger an emergency situation.

Do you need to reassure your beloved ones that there is no need to worry about your safety? Press the Safe button while in Standby Mode or Alert Mode and LyfeShield will instantly send reassurance messages to all selected contacts.

Do you need to impress your friends or end a bad date with the excuse of an important incoming phone call? Take advantage of the “Fake Call” feature. Define a display name and a phone number for the caller and press “Now” to receive instantly a fake incoming call. Alternatively, set a particular time after which you will receive the simulated call.

Do you need you friends follow you to your Home? Press the “Follow me” button in order to activate this feature and your friends will have the ability to follow you and see where you are in real time.

Do you need to communicate in real time with the whole travel group in order to feel safe and informed from them ?. Open group chat and enjoy it.

Do you need to be informed when you come out of a designated safety perimeter or when you are inside a dangerous/neutral zone? Press the “Violation” button to activate violation detection system and receive a push notification in case of a violation.

Do you need to see friends locations and status ? Click on “My Map”  button and you are in!.

Do you need to follow a friend in his path to his home ? Click on “My Map”  button and you are in!.

Do you need to see places of interest around you ? Click on “My Map”  button and you are in!.

Do you need to see information about safety/dangerous/neutral zones ? Click on “My Map”  button and you are in!.

Do you want to be informed from your travel agency regarding dangerous incidents near your destination ? Click on “Alert Warnings” to see all latest safety tips and news.

17. Messages and activities tracking

After the activation of an emergency situation (alert mode), the app sends immediately a quick message to the selected contacts, letting them know that you are in danger. If you have opted in for the feature, the quick message contains your current location. Consequently, and for 2 minutes, the application records your route along with audio/video data, utilizing your device’s microphone and camera(s). After this period, a final emergency message is sent containing your route on a map and the recorded audio/video files. In the end , and for every 5 minutes, app continuously sends your location until you click on safe button!

Your status tracking (offline, standby, alert, safe) takes place during the app is open.

Your location tracking takes place only during an active emergency situation or during Follow me feature is active.

Audio/video recording takes place only during an active emergency situation. After the end of an emergency situation any recording is ended. To review the last documented emergency situation as well the app’s activities during that period, you can navigate to the “Review Last Alert” page of the app, through the app configuration side panel.

18. Voice commands

The “Voice Commands” button lets you define:

Whether an emergency situation can be identified through a voice command.

Particular emergency situation activation/deactivation voice commands.

In more detail you have the capability to select a predefined activation/deactivation voice command from the app’s menu or record your own voice commands. With the app into the “Standby” mode, you can give the selected activation/deactivation voice command and LyfeShield will proceed to activate/deactivate an emergency situation (setting app in alert or safe mode).

19. Battery consumption

In order to support a background operation (see “Working in the background”) or support follow me or violation feature, the app may present increased battery usage while background operation is active.

20. Usage requirements

Indicatively, LyfeShield android version has the following usage requirements:

Android device (4.0 OS or later versions),

CPU: 1 GHZ

RAM: 512 MB

Camera

GPS

WiFi, 3G,4G Internet connection

21. User tracking and personal data

Location tracking and audio/video recording takes place only during an active emergency situation (ALERT MODE). After the end of an emergency situation any tracking or recording is ended. The only way to have continuously tracking is by enabling “Follow me” feature.

To review the last documented emergency situation as well the app’s activities during that period, you can navigate to the “Review Last Alert” page of the app, through the app configuration side panel. The “Review Last Alert” page information are stored only locally on your device and are not shared with any third party, besides your selected emergency contacts. In the same fashion, all emergency contacts information are not being processed or shared by the app and are utilized only locally during the transmission of emergency/reassurance messages.

22. Wearables (Smart Watch 1.0 and 2.0 and Flic Button)

LyfeShield has been designed to support the usage of Android Wear smartwatches and the usage of the Flic button.

The “Bluetooth Devices” option lets you see the status (connected, disconnected) of the Smart Watch device and Flic button that app supports. You can also set up  if you want a device (Smart watch or Flic) to be active or inactive (inactive means that if you press a button on an inactive device it will do nothing!).

Additionally, here you can declare  the Flic Shortcuts (assign a flic button push to an app function).

You must know that you can make use of your wearable EVEN IF THE APP IS CLOSED ! THIS MEANS THAT IF FOR EXAMPLE PERFORM A CLICK ON THE FLIC BUTTON THE OPERATION WILL BE EXECUTED EVEN IF THE APP IS CLOSED.

In more detail, the Android Wear version of the app supports the following features:

Emergency situation activation (by button or device shake)

Reassurance messages

Siren activation/deactivation

Fake Call

Voice commands

Constant user notification regarding the app’s status through push notifications, specifically designed for smartwatches.

Constant user notification regarding app’s activities through vibrations.

If you have Android watch version 1.0 then  the wearable app module will be installed in the watch automatically when you install the smartphone app module.

If you have Android watch version 2.0 then you must install the separate wearable app module apk to your watch (you will find it in the Google play store).

23. Off-line operation

When your device lacks an active internet connection, the Android version of the app is still in position to operate by sending SMS emergency/reassurance messages. Moreover, voice commands identification features are also still available. Lastly, when an emergency situation is identified and no internet connection is found, LyfeShield will attempt to send the proper emergency messages by email when internet connection is restored.

24. APP WIDGET

The Android version of LyfeShield provides the user with an informative “widget” presenting the current status of the app (active/inactive emergency situation, active/inactive standby mode, active/inactive violation detection, active/inactive fake call) as well as the current activities of the app (email sending, utilization of current location, ending a fake call etc.).

The widget shows if some features are active (green) or not (grey):

  1. Standby Mode
  2. Alert Mode
  3. Perimeter/zones violation
  4. Fake Call