Business

Home invasion an app motivation

SMART SAVER: Michael and Lucy Davis with the Duress Alert App they developed.
SMART SAVER: Michael and Lucy Davis with the Duress Alert App they developed. Rob Williams

THREE o'clock on a cool, quiet Ipswich morning, Michael Davis shudders awake as he hears the back door of his home slide open.

He jumps out of bed and bolts into the kitchen to see the door open and his first thoughts are: Are they already in the house? Are they going to get my wife?

"I can't explain how bad the fear was. It was just an awful feeling," Mr Davis said.

"It turns out they had run down the side of the house, jumped the fence and were gone, but I stood there looking at the door and couldn't move for 10 minutes."

Michael and Lucy Davis have been living in Camira for about five years and retired at the beginning of last year.

The attempted burglary changed their lives.

Reports of the abduction, rape and murder of Jill Meagher in Melbourne steeled their resolve to help others be helped by others.

"Lucy and I started thinking if that was the fear we were feeling in our own kitchen - we felt so alone - how would someone feel out on the street," Mr Davis said.

"So we put our heads together and came up with Guardian Duress Alert App.

"When you look around you, everyone's got a smartphone so we decided to build our own app.

When you look around you, everyone's got a smartphone so we decided to build our own app.

"We contacted a company in Milton called Creative Intersection and they said: 'You write the story and we'll put it together.'

"Apple tested it every which way but lose; they really made sure it worked. And in the end, even though it was frustrating, it gives us confidence."

If you're in trouble, you press a button on the app and a message is sent to five friends' phones and an email goes to their computer.

The alert is upgraded every five seconds so your friends can track you and you can track them finding you.

"I really feel strongly about this. We really believe we're going to save someone's life," Mr Davis said.

I really feel strongly about this. We really believe we're going to save someone's life.

For more information, search for Guardian Duress Alert App or see the website at guardiansafetynet.com.

Topics:  attempted burglary, camira, jill meagher, smartphone app




Where the sinkhole water came from

The Basin Pocket sinkhole was drained into  gully.

The lab results are in

Is this the start of our Rural Renaissance?

Exports to the US have dropped 40%, China 30% and Japan 10%. China and Saudi Arabia have once more open their doors to Brazilian beef while Indonesia is now looking to Indian buffalo meat to boost its supplies

Rising prices the talk of the town as rain raises farmers’ spirits

Miller speech leaves ALP faithful stunned

STILL STRONG: Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller MP at her Goodna office.

MP sticks to her guns at closed Labor conference

Latest deals and offers

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Kooza takes circus-goers back to Cirque Du Soleil's roots

The high wire act as featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza.

NEW show puts the skills of the performers front and centre.

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

What's on this weekend

LIFE'S A BREEZE: Ipswich Art Gallery's latest children's exhibition, Wind Tubes.

Things to do in Ipswich

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa