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Danish app alerts about travel risks and safety issues

Security updates can put travellers and their relatives more at ease, says psychologist

The app provides safety guidelines for 260 cities around the world (photo: iStock)
July 27th, 2016 1:22 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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MySafeTravel, a new app developed by Danish entrepreneur and security expert Kennet North Lien, provides travellers with around-the-clock travel risk alerts.

The free app is first of its kind and allows users to review security updates on events such as terrorist attacks, demonstrations, natural disasters and traffic issues in about 260 cities around the world.

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Notifying loved ones
The app sends alerts with a detailed overview of the incident, its precise location and advice on how to stay safe.

Users can also use the app to notify relatives about their whereabouts and to store photos and important documents in a vault.

In the next 2 years, Lien plans to expand the service to cover safety situation in 600 cities.

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Managing risky situations
Psychologist Mette Kroier contends the new travel app can help people feel more at ease when traveling by enhancing their sense of confidence and control.

“When we check the app for [potential] unrests, it can help us remove some tension caused by fear and we feel more relaxed. Our defence system gets what it needs,” Kroier told BT.

MySafeTravel is currently available only for iPhone users, but soon it will be possible to download it also on Android devices.