Devon Air Ambulance releases free “Locate me” iPhone App

Devon Air Ambulance releases free “Locate me” iPhone App

28-Feb-2013 Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Imagine being miles from anywhere on deepest Dartmoor when you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a horrific accident. Now, thanks to the new Devon Air Ambulance Trust iPhone App, you can not only alert the authorities of your plight, but with the most accurate coordinates available, your chances of a speedy rescue are significantly increased.

Rokk Media developed this unique iPhone app for one of the South Wests leading and best loved charities to use the most accurate location coordinates available in assisting the air ambulance crew to locate and air-lift accident victims as quickly as possible.

The app uses high-tech geolocation technology to pinpoint an exact location and generate the coordinates the air crew needs to find accident victims. The app’s full-screen map will be especially useful for users who don’t know where they are and will also make it much easier for distressed victims to get help by making it simpler and easier to communicate with crews. There is even a unique SOS torch facility to shine a globally recognised message across great distances or low lights.

Beyond the map functionality the app also provides lots of information about Devon Air Ambulance as well as an option to donate money directly through the app via SMS, Integration with Devon Air Ambulance Trust social media activities.

The app was developed as a native application, which means it is downloaded from Apple’s App Store and installed directly on the iPhone. It uses the phone’s built-in functionality such as for the torch and GPS tracking. The app is not reliant on internet access for it’s rescue functions although a network signal is required to call the emergency services.

The original app was developed for the iPhone but there is likely to be an Android version in the future.

See also Rokk Media website at http://www.rokkmedia.co.uk

Editor note – we realise this has been live a few months, but it is an important technical achievement and could easily be rolled out to other EMS operators both in the UK and elsewhere – thus important to promote it

 

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