Distress Signal app: possible lifesaver for travellers

2012-09-20 12:03

A new Android app called Distress Signal has been launched as the ideal companion for anyone travelling to foreign countries. Using SMS and GPS services, it makes contacting the emergency services as quick and easy as sending a text message and could be a real life-saver.

Breaking Travel News reports that the new app, also available for iPhone users, means that no matter where they are in the world, people can alert the emergency services of their problem. It sends an SMS containing their location, name, blood group and any allergies (which are entered on registering the app) so that the right help can be sent.

In just a few clicks, users can select which service they require and send a text to the control centre asking them to send help.

It also gives users the options to call the emergency services directly, and contains a wealth of first aid information from the British Red Cross on everything from bites and burns to strokes and CPR. For frequent travellers there is a first aid kit checklist of the things they should aim to carry with them, and the app also includes a torch feature, alert siren and locations of the nearest hospitals and police stations.

It was created by David Nurse, Managing Director of Mesh Trading Ltd, after he fell ill while on holiday in Venice. Fortunately, he was travelling with a friend who was able to get him to a hospital where he was treated for myocarditis - inflammation of the heart due to an infection, but as David had no idea exactly where he was, couldn't speak Italian and didn't know the number to call for an ambulance, he could have been in real trouble.

"I realised that millions go abroad each year but wouldn't know what number to call if they fell ill or were in an accident," David explains. "Time is of the essence in an emergency, and if you don't speak the language or know where you are, even if you get the number you might not be able to explain your situation."

 
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