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Automatic Attack Detection

Epowar+ offers all users “automated attack detection” on their Journeys, given the app is connected to an Apple Watch. Automatic attack detection is Epowar’s key feature. It is based on AI-technology that our co-founders have not only developed and tested for years, but that is also patent-pending and unique. This means: No other safety app will be able to offer a similar service. But what exactly does attack detection mean and how is it automated?

What is "Automatic Attack Detection"?

How does it work?

AI models

To use attack detection, you must connect your wearable (currently on Apple Watch) to the Epowar app and give Epowar permission to access health data from your device's motion and heart rate sensors. This allows Epowar to detect when your heart rate and motion show signs of physical and mental distress. Epowar will then automatically alert the friends chosen to track your Journey without you needing to push a single button.

Diverse testing

The AI behind this has been trained with a diverse range of people over more than three years and it is becoming more accurate in detecting what is an attack and what’s not with every Epowar+ Journey our users take.

Abnormalities and False Alarm Prevention

Don’t worry if your heart rate is normally high or irregular – the AI models use a combination of both motion and heart rate to spot only what is abnormal for YOU combined with specific signs of heavy distress in your movement. And, even if Epowar did get it wrong (perhaps if you break into a spontaneously wild dance or wrestle with your umbrella), you can always swipe “I’m OK” on your Watch. Once an attack is detected, the Apple Watch will vibrate and show the option to say it was a false alarm by swiping “I’m OK” before anyone is alerted. This way you don’t have to worry about accidentally scaring your friends.

What happens if I am attacked?

After an attack is detected

If an attack is detected, your friends will be sent a Critical Alert, which means they will be notified even if their phone is on silent. Your friends can see where you are, send help or navigate to your location. The second an attack is detected, the app also starts recording evidence, such as audio recordings, vital signs and location data in the cloud. As long as the app receives GPS signal it will keep track of your location and store evidence.

Additional SOS Button

Since you need an Apple Watch to use Attack Detection, we have created a manual SOS button that still alerts your friends in an emergency. This means that you can always take Journeys, even if your Apple Watch is not charged or you forget to wear it. The SOS button feature is not automated, as you will have to press the button yourself, which we are aware can be difficult to do in an attack. However, to make it easier to access we have created a lock screen SOS widget (as well as a live activity on iPhone 14 pro or higher), so the button is accessible even when you aren't in the Epowar app. You can enable or disable this SOS button as you wish and you can always use it for additional ease of mind. If you have a wearable smartwatch that is not an Apple Watch please sign on to our waitlist. We will be working on developing Epowar for Android devices and other wearables.

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