Rescue@

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Oct 4, 2010 3:18:51 PM

Just wanted to give a little introduction to the Android app 'Rescue@' we just released here last week.

The application in it self is rather simple, it has just one purpose really, but that purpose could potentially save lifes.
The description of the app is as follow:
Rescue@ helps locating you when calling an emergency number.

If you call via the application or directly, a box with your current location appears on the screen. You can then read this location out loud to the emergency service personnel, helping them helping you.

The emergency number is configurable (112 as default).

By relying on vocal transmission of the coordinates to the emergency service personnel, the application can virtually be used anywhere.
And as the description says, you don't rely on remembering to launch the application, in a time of distress, before calling the emergency service. The application will automatically react on outgoing calls to the configured emergency phone number (112 as default, in accordance with the GSM standard, but may be changed) and try to locate you and show you your coordinates. If no location service is enabled, the settings for location services will be launched, making it quick and easy to enable it.

Anyway, we hope you'll enjoy the app and that you never have to use it...

PS: Remember to change to a non-emergency number if testing the application.

Oct 11, 2010 1:27:11 PM

It does sound like a good idea. Does it only give Latitude/Longitude location, or can it give a street address for location as well? What is the resource consumption like? Is it triggered to run only when the dialer is being used, and then activate only when the specified numbers are dialed, or does it run in the background all the time?

Oct 11, 2010 1:41:20 PM

The current version only give you the location in latitude/longitude. One reason is the main intended purpose for the app is to be used at locations where a simple street address may be difficult to provide, for example at a highway. But it might be something we include in future updates.

For battery consumption: The application is not running in the background at all times. It simply reacts to outgoing and incoming call events (through a BroadcastReceiver). If the phone number is the one specified in configuration we start the location process and displays it to the user. The GPS service runs until either an accurate enough position is provided, a timer runs out (20 seconds), or the call is ended.

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Oct 11, 2010 7:11:35 PM

Thanks for the info, could be a really useful app to have.

Although, as you quite rightly said, let's hope none of use need to use it :)

Oct 12, 2010 11:52:08 AM

After looking at the app on the marketplace, I have to inform you that as a general rule, we do not allow paid apps to be advertised in the AndroidPIT forums. Advertising on AndroidPIT for a paid app can be bought, or a test report of your app can be bought as well. The app looks good though.

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Oct 12, 2010 12:01:41 PM

Douglas Carter
After looking at the app on the marketplace, I have to inform you that as a general rule, we do not allow paid apps to be advertised in the AndroidPIT forums. Advertising on AndroidPIT for a paid app can be bought, or a test report of your app can be bought as well. The app looks good though.

Sorry, we clearly didn't read the guidelines properly. However, a test report has already been purchased, and we're eagerly awaiting the result :)