Dec 272012
 

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Fightback for Safety in BpO Cabs

In continuation of our post about safety in BpO Cabs, we found Fightback application developed by Tech Mahindra a large IT company from the Mahindra Group. FightBack uses GPS, SMS, location maps, GPRS ,email and your Facebook account to inform your loved ones in case you are in danger. Join us and help make our streets safer for women. This is a very simple app to download and use from your mobile phone.

Tech Mahindra had long back developed an application called FightBack which was being used only by the staff members of Mahindra Group.

After the gang-rape of a woman in New Delhi;  Mr. Anand Mahindra has now thrown open this smart phone application for public use, beyond Mahindra employees. The FightBack application tracks a user’s location and sends SOS  messages to selected contacts in case of an emergency.

This application is now available for download on the company website for
free & IS ONLY FOR INDIAN MOBILE NUMBERS.

The FightBack app allows the user to press on a panic button whenever
he/she feels unsafe.

It tracks the location using GPS and alerts chosen contacts  about the location map and is available on Nokia,  Android and Blackberry from the link below :

www.fightbackmobile .com

Steps – How to download the application

1 – Register yourself or login through Faceback with Post click.
2 – After the successful Login in the portal, Click to Download.
3 – Enter the mobile number on which you want to deploy for the FightBack application
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4 – Select your handset on which you would like to download the application
from the device list.
5 – Click on Download button, and you will receive the link to download via
SMS.
6 – By clicking on the downloadable link within the received SMS your
application will start downloading.

Please spread this to all your social circles on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ etc; this is a very useful application and should be present on your phone. We would like to thank Mr. Mahindra to make this app available to all.

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Other Posts in this series

  1.  The truth about BpO Cabs
  2. Steps to follow in BpO cabs for security

 December 27, 2012  Posted by at 7:02 PM Life In a BPO Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on Safety in BpO Cabs-FIGHTBACK India’s first Mobile Application for Women Safety
Dec 272012
 

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How To Ensure Security in BpO Cabs

We talked about the truth about cabs in one of the earlier post and mentioned that cabs are a necessity for the BPO employees due to

  1. Late shift timings when public transport is not available and is not safe.
  2. The need to login on time, as any late log in leads to stiff penalties from clients

We will focus this post about the security of women employees in BpO cabs, as we don’t want any more incidents like the recent Delhi rape case, and the earlier gruesome murder of girls traveling in BpO cabs in Bangalore and Pune.

All top BpO companies provide home pick up and drop beyond 8 pm and before 7 am, for the security of the employees, but there are a few things that as a women employee you are entitled to

  1. After 8 pm and before 7 am you have a right to be picked up from home and the company can not drop you at a common pickup point far away from your home.
  2. All good companies have a policy where a women employee is not the first pickup and the last drop during the night. This ensures that the lady is not travelling alone in the cab. If this means that either a security guard will travel with the girl or a male colleague will go till the house of the girl and come back after dropping the girl.
  3. Check with your company in GPS is installed in the Cabs to track the movement, if not you should demand that from your organization.
  4. If due to some extreme emergency you are traveling alone in the cab make sure that you don’t  fall asleep, and constantly be in touch on your phone with the control room of your company.
  5. Keep the number of local police station, your family member on speed dial where you can  call them in case of any problem
  6. Make sure that the driver is not drunk and if you suspect he is drunk do not board the cab.
  7. Do not enter the cab if you do not recognize the driver. Please call your company’s helpdesk to confirm that the new driver is authorized to bring you to office.
  8. If there is unknown people along with the driver in the cab refuse to board the cab and call your company’s control room.
  9. Do not let the driver stop on the way and pick up stray passengers either to give lift or as a paying passenger. They are not allowed to do the same as it is a security hazard.
  10. Never allow the driver or your colleagues to go by an alternate route even if they insist it is a short cut.
  11. Always keep some kind of security measure with you like a pepper spray to use in emergency.

Our aim is not to create any kind of panic but considering the increasing number of crimes against women and the odd hour’s women in BpO travel in cabs it is prudent to be aware of your surroundings and be proactive to ensure that your safety is not compromised. If you find that your organization is not following the basic security norms for the security of women employees you can always talk to the HR manager and if nothing is done we would strongly suggest you change your company, as a company that does not takes care of security of its employees is not worth working.

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 December 27, 2012  Posted by at 1:18 PM Life In a BPO Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on The Truth About Cabs-Steps to follow in BpO cabs for security