Mumbai, Nov 8: The Western Railway launched a mobile application ‘Eyewatch Railways’ for the security of women commuters travelling between Churchgate and Virar suburban railway stations. This free app is available for download in Google Playstore and Apple iStore.Also Read - Thermal Screening, RT-PCR Test Counters: How Mumbai Airport Gears Up After 1st Omicron Case Detected in Maharashtra

 ‘Eyewatch Railways’ was launched last month and has been developed by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Western Railway in collaboration with Eyewatch Technologies Pvt Ltd, said chief PRO of Western Railway Ravinder Bhakar. Also Read - 'Very Unfortunate': Maharashtra's First Omicron Patient is a Marine Engineer. Here's Why He Could Not be Vaccinated

The application comes with an alert button and passengers in distress can either tap it or press the power button four times to notify the RPF control and the user’s guardians. The app reportedly comes with a location updation as well. “It has location updation feature as well, which allows the RPF Control Center to view the commuter’s constantly updated locations until she reaches at a safe destination,” Bhakar said. Also Read - Maharashtra Man Who Travelled to Mumbai From South Africa Tests Positive For Omicron; 4th Case in India

Female commuters can immediately send out their location, video and audio which can instantly be viewed on the emergency response control centre at the RPF Control room at Mumbai Central, he added.

Eight guardians can be chosen, along with doctors and security personnel. Reportedly, a phone call is made to them automatically and also receive an SMS alert. Noteworthy that the application functions only when a commuter uses it on railway premises.

The application has been customised for the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to dispatch an immediate response by sending RPF personnel from the nearest station to help the women commuters. Reportedly over one lakh passengers have downloaded the app so far.

According to Bhakar, this app has audio/visual stream facility as well, through which Eyewatch automatically records up to 60 seconds pre-alert audio and 20 seconds post-alert video.

“In addition to it, it displays the current battery (status of the user’s phone), network signal strength, blood group, type of emergency along with other important data that can be viewed on the web-based Eyewatch Control Center located at the RPF Control Room,” Mr Bhakar said.