ד׳ בתמוז ה׳תשע״ד (July 2, 2014)
An emergency app called “SOS” has been released in Israel by the volunteer rescue organization.
60,000 Israelis have already downloaded the one-swipe emergency alert application that was offered free to the public by United Hatzalah.
The emergency alert app allows users to send a distress call with their precise location to United Hatzalah and the Israeli police.
With one swipe of the finger, SOS subscribers can inform the nonprofit organization, which has an active switchboard around the clock, that they are in distress and give the security forces permission to track their location using patented GPS technology.
The app places an emergency call to the police in the event of a kidnapping situation.
Until now, security forces would have to undergo lengthy legal processes to obtain permission to track a person’s cellphone signal, prolonging emergency response times and reducing the chance of rescue.
The app uses technology created by the Israeli company NowForce to map out and respond to emergencies. The technology allows medic volunteers closest to the emergency to receive the mobile alerts and be dispatched.
The app is designed to function as an emergency safety and security alert system and is not meant to replace direct verbal communication with police, fire or medical emergency dispatchers.
(via JTA, JPost; Photo credit: NowForce)