Blackout: a cutting-edge solution to an ever-increasing social problem

BACKGROUND

Blackout founders came to Somo after three other companies told them their product couldn’t be built using today’s platforms. But we found a way.


CHALLENGE

Blackout wanted to solve one of the biggest issues faced by modern schools and workplaces – the unauthorised use of mobile phones. 

Smart devices are an increasingly severe and addictive distraction. Millions of hours of productivity and education are being lost – and in highly sensitive work environments – smartphones create a security and regulatory timebomb. 


METHOD

With Modern Engineering and innovation-led thinking at the heart of the experimentation process, we developed an industry-first – a brand new technology that combines advanced techniques to overcome complex challenges of platform compatibility, interoperability, data sensitivity and hyper-accurate location determination. 

With iOS having no native capability of achieving what we needed, we had to get creative. We used highly innovative methods to develop the solution from the ground up, all while keeping Android architecture in mind to build the product. 


RESULTS

An imaginative and innovative solution to an ever-increasing social problem, Blackout Technologies empowers employers and educators to control which apps are available on mobile phones when users enter a particular physical area, such as the office or school grounds.

By using Blackout software, employers and educators can selectively prohibit the use of cameras, voice recorders and web browsers, and block access to unauthorised messaging and social media apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Tinder and Snapchat – all based on employees’ and students’ location. 

Somo’s technical interrogation and innovation overcame seemingly impossible challenges and brought our product to life. We’re in the early stages, but the early results confirm that the need is there and the solution is Blackout.

Charles Watson, Co-founder & COO, Blackout Technologies

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Blackout: a cutting-edge solution to an ever-increasing social problem

Blackout founders came to Somo after three other companies told them their product couldn’t be built using today’s platforms. But we found a way.

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