Irish start-up launches child protection platform for mobile phones

30 Sep 2011

mm Technologies reveals innovative mobile app for parents to protect their children

Irish technology firm mm Technologies has launched a mobile phone protection application system called ‘MobileMinder’.

The MobileMinder breakthrough technology allows parents to see who their children are connected to, know where they are at all times, receive alerts when they arrive somewhere safely, be alerted to signs of cyber bullying, prevent sexting and view internet sites visited by their children. It also has the unique feature called ‘I’m Lost’ which, when activated, sends a map and location of the child to parents or an older brother/sister.

MobileMinder offers parents great peace of mind when it comes to the safety of their children and their use of mobile phones. In my day, bullying was only done face to face but now, with most children carrying mobiles, a bully can harass their victim whenever they choose and we want to put a stop to this,” stated Don Corbett, co-founder and CEO of mm Technologies, who is also an alum of DCU Business School.

The service is now available at €5.99 a month as a special launch offer.

“One of Mobileminder’s unique features is the ‘social circle’, which allows parents see who is in their child’s real-life social network. We alert parents to any unusual behaviour from their child’s contacts, be that bullying or a new unknown contact who the parent may not know. We can also alert parents to the exchange of inappropriate images on their child’s phone and allow them to delete the photos if necessary.

“According to the FBI, every 40 seconds a child goes missing in the US and it is unbelievable to think that, in this day and age, technology has not been developed to help prevent this happening.”

Another key benefit for parents of the MobileMinder system includes a gallery feature to prevent sexting (exchange of inappropriate texts on a phone) which can in some US states result in a criminal record or worse still, a sex offender’s record for the child.

“Children make mistakes and sometimes use bad judgment. However, now this can impact on the rest of their lives way beyond childhood affecting their ability to get into college or get a good job in the future” said Corbett.

The gallery feature allows a parent to become aware of this activity and take the necessary action before it gets out of hand, in some cases allowing a parent to delete the image remotely from the phone.

“We wanted to develop a complete, easy-to-use solution for parents that would give them the peace of mind knowing their children were safe on their mobile phones,” said Corbett.

The start-up company mm Technologies is a subsidiary company of Associate Mobile, which was incorporated last year and is focused on companies building and developing cloud services for mobile for consumer and enterprise markets.

The company is part of the first cohort of start-ups that went through the Dublin-based Propeller Venture Accelerator earlier this year. Propeller is part of the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship and was ranked recently as one of the top 10 accelerators in Europe.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic