Chris Steven, Abuja
A former member of Rivers State House of Assembly, Linda Somiari Stewart has developed a human search engine that can assist strangers who are stranded in any city.
Speaking in Abuja at the public presentation of the app named ‘The Ranger’, Stewart explained that the app, unlike other search engines will help users get answers to any questions from human beings (Rangers)in real time.
This, according to her makes it different from other search engines that rely on information fed into them noting that human beings would provide answers typed through the Rangers.
The app, which she further stated was designed for everyone can be used during emergency and can alert the Police.
“With The Ranger app, you never walk alone. New in a City? There are Rangers ready to help you out with information on any subject. Other Rangers have your back, can alert Police in case of emergency if you press the help button” she said.
While disclosing her motivation to come up with the innovation, Stewart who is also the Chairperson of Second Opportunity Africa Foundation said ” I tried to get information concerning the location of a business outfit and got an address from internet search engines. I got there and found out the business had moved out of the address.
“It took me a few more days to get the new address. If the Ranger was available, I would have simply logged into the particular city and asked for human being (Ranger) would have given me the correct location” she added .
The Ranger, according to her, has a feature which enables users to send out SOS to city Volunteer Co-coordinators if in danger noting that the app is readily available on Google play store and Mobile 9.