Place SMS, a travel companion app developed by Peshawar-based mobile app developer Hiwaas, has secured itself a win in the ‘m-Travel & Tourism’ category at the 2015 mBillionth Awards South Asia.
It was launched earlier this year in January, and is designed to work as a location triggered SMS app that notifies your contacts about your whereabouts during travel. Once you arrive at a chosen location or point of interest, the app automatically sends an SMS to your selected recipients. Additionally, it sends a second SMS to your recipients as soon as you leave the same location.
What are the mBillionth Awards?
The mBillionth awards provide an integral platform for recognizing innovations and progressive developments in the realm of mobile phone technology for the advancement and empowerment of marginalized communities.
The category for ‘m-Travel & Tourism’ recognizes the development of mobile applications that successfully collect and organize meaningful information on travel and tourism. In the case of Place SMS, valuable information regarding the existing location of those traveling to nearby or far-off destinations is collected and made available to their family, friends, and associates through the application.
How Does Place SMS Work?
The award-winning app features a user-friendly interface, requires no sign-up, and works in 3 simple and easy steps. For starters, you’ll need to pinpoint one or more of the locations that you’ll come across during your travel on the map provided in the app. To aid with this, the map is accompanied by a quick search feature that allows you to instantly find a known location.
With that out of the way, you’ll be asked to add your recipients, write messages, and choose which of these messages you’d like to send once you enter or leave a particular location. Lastly, you’ll be required to enable GPS tracking in order for the app to be aware of your whereabouts.
At present, corporate access to Place SMS is provided on the basis of a monthly subscription. Similarly, schools are charged Rs 5 per month for every student. However, it is available to download at no cost for personal use. Android users wishing to try out the app can do so by following the link here.