May Day – Public Safety App for iOS Users: Review

May Day is a FREE iOS app that aims to keep its users safe anytime, everywhere. The vision behind May Day is to fight crime in our communities and help make the world a safer place. To do so, May Day offers a different mechanism to stay safe and to help others when they need assistance. Currently, the platform has more than 30 million incidents collected.

The Good

  • Good user interface
  • Easy account setup
  • Anonym reporting
  • The huge amount of data already available
  • Provide Turn-by-turn navigation with voice instructions
  • Lightweight

The Limitations

  • Most data are related to the US
  • Login mandatory
  • Not compatible with Siri
  • No offline maps

User Interface

The main screen displays a map, as soon as the users log in and allow the app to use their location, the map focuses on their position and shows them the incidents that happened during the past week. On the footer, two buttons are available to allow the users to either trigger an emergency call or send a report concerning an incident they witnessed. At the top of the screen, the users have a search bar where they can write their destination and a menu icon to bring out the other sections of the app. User Interface

How Does it Work?

Select a Destination

The users can select their destination directly from the map by long pressing a point in the map or by clicking the search bar. When the users click on the search bar they can select from a list of nearby places or search directly the address to their destination. Once the destination set the app redirects the user to the main screen and gives him two options. Select a Destination

Choosing The Route

May Day provides the users with two options, the standard route that every other navigation app can provide and the safest route that May Day’s servers calculate. To find the safest route the app relies on user generated incidents but also on algorithms that collect data from local law enforcement offices. With the data collected, an artificial intelligence will compare recurring patterns and determine sensitive place so people avoid them. After the users select an option, they will be presented with a turn-by-turn navigation system to help them get to their destination. Choosing the Route

Reporting and Helping

One of May Day’s goals is to increase the sense of good citizenship by allowing the users to report instantly an incident they witnessed and therefore prevent other users from falling into the same problem. To do so, the users can with few clicks create a report and save it. The more data they provide, the more it will help prevent it to happen again. Each report is classified according to his type, date and time, the users can also provide comments on the circumstances where the incident happened as well as a picture of the incident if available. Reporting and Helping

Emergency Alert

When the users trigger the emergency alert through the button on the main screen or the widget of the app, a distress mechanism is started. May Day will try to locate the position of the user and make a call to the local authorities depending on your current position, send a message to a list of guardians that the users already saved and the most important is sending an emergency alert to ALL the users of May Day around. This way the app tries to get as much help as possible to assist the person in danger. Emergency Alert


Highly Customizable

May Day allows its users to customize how it works and provides them with quick shortcuts to setup their home and work location for a one-tap access. It also allows through the settings to select the preferred way to commute and will create routes accordingly. Users can also customize the map colors and units. Highly Customizable

One Click Alert Button

A widget is made available for the users of May Day to easily trigger alerts in case of emergency. Once the button clicked, the same process will be started as if the users triggered the alert from within the app. One Click Alert Button

Anonymous data collection

The privacy of our users is crucial, the data collected never point back to their users so the whole process is completely anonym. May Day also collects data from local law agencies and matches it with the user generated data to prevent false alerts.

Spreading Good Citizenship

May Day’s vision is to fight crime in our communities by involving all the actors and providing a platform where people can help each other. Although May Day already has more than 30million incidents collected, it needs to have users in every community to be more effective. Spreading the word around means finding support when needed.

Performance & Security

May Day is lightweight and can work in most up-to-date iOS devices. It uses the latest technologies to make sure to not drain your battery nor your data plan but also to secure all your interactions within the app.


OS Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Seller: MayDay App LLC Size: 21.4 MB Category: Navigation Availability Area: Worldwide Languages: English Age Rating: Rated 4+ Price: Free Supports: Family Sharing (With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.) Website: [appbox appstore 1417469892] Also Read: 10 Best iOS Emulator, iPhone Emulators for PC Windows – 2018
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