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React Mobile Releases Safety API

By Casey Houser
June 30, 2016

In its attempt to reach the consumer personal safety market, React previously released its React Sidekick, a wearable panic button that pairs with the React mobile safety app. Together, they help to keep people safe in the event of an emergency, such as getting lost on a hike or falling in an apartment.

The wearable and its companion app mean to address all ages. Now, React has launched its API for the overall React Mobile platform. The API will give developers access to the software and services which the Sidekick already takes advantage of. Startups and established businesses can create their own panic buttons or applications that link to React’s network that can track GPS and alert authorities with the push of a button.

Robb Monkman, the CEO of React, commented on the need for this API that leverages the public call for safety features in their mobile applications.

“Consumers everywhere want safety included in their devices,” Monkman said. “Now mobile app developers and hardware designers can use our API to provide their users with the features and functionality of the React Mobile platform. We’ve already conducted a private beta of our API with the Amazon Echo and several wearables, so we’re excited so see how the development community at large integrates our technology with other apps, connected devices, or platforms.”

The opportunities for use of this API extend far. Outdoor activity enthusiasts may want to share their location with friends and family. Individuals on a first date could remain under the watchful care of their roommates. Elderly persons could take advantage of the one-click link to an emergency contact or local response team. Any situation with cell service is fair game.

Developers can piggyback on what React has already created. React’s release of its Sidekick, mobile app, and its Dispatch Console for emergency service groups is no small feat. All those services link to the same network and have proven their worth to various enterprises and individuals. Many more companies can now get their hands on what they previously could only watch from outside.

Monkman’s statement makes it clear that other big businesses are already on board with this launch. Amazon’s participation in the private beta could mirror what React sees from newcomers following this announcement. Firms large and small are invited to participate, and it is likely that many will show up for the party.

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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