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SOURCE Circa Solutions
DALLAS, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Circa Solutions announces the public launch of Bekon, a streamlined location-sharing app filled with elements of privacy and simplicity. Bekon is the first iPhone app to abandon the conventional model of mobile location sharing by eliminating the use of maps and physical addresses. The app provides their users the ability to see how close their contact is and receive background notifications as the contact approaches. This new method of location sharing is designed to address the common inefficiencies and privacy issues prevalent with location based social apps.
"While it looks very simple, we went to great lengths to imagine the most comfortable location sharing experience for our users," says Chad Lemons, CTO of Circa Solutions. "Many people do not wish to associate their location with other social apps that are constantly connected to the masses."
In addition to removing exact locations on a map, Bekon takes privacy to the next level by ensuring that all location data processed during an active Bekon session will never be saved. This data is wiped from the server after both contacts arrive at the same location. Though the data is extremely valuable, Circa Solutions believes that where a user travels is none of the company's concern.
Bekon utilizes the user phone number to validate their identity through an SMS security code. No username or password is required. Once validated, users send requests to contacts in their existing address book and exchange distance information for a limited duration of time. During the session, notifications are set to alert the user as their contact draws closer. Additionally, Bekon offers a compass arrow for precise navigation once the contacts have reached a distance of 1/2 mile. This feature allows users to locate their contact once they have arrived at a meeting place or crowded event.
Circa Solutions created the concept of Bekon while exploring methods to reduce texting & driving. They discovered that potentially dangerous distractions arise when drivers feel pressure to respond to messages regarding their arrival. Bekon was designed so that drivers can safely store their phone while the app keeps their contact informed in the background. While other solutions for this problem have been introduced, Bekon is the first app to prioritize user privacy and simplicity.
The anti-texting concept quickly developed into a streamlined method of communicating distance between contacts. Peter Black, CEO at Circa Solutions, recalls, "Bekon turned into a fantastic productivity app because it doesn't require constant attention; you can simply set alerts and go about your business."
Bekon is now available for free from the App Store with an option to activate Bekon Plus+ via in-app purchase. The Plus+ package contains several advanced features including: Bekon Compass, travel time estimations, contact's speed, and the removal of ads.
App Store Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bekon/id692860590?ls=1&mt=8
Press Kit: http://goo.gl/pMpkJ2
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