New Israeli-made app enables video distress calls to first responders

March 17, 2016 04:25

A first-of-its-kind cellphone application allowing civilians to make video distress calls to emergency responders with the press of a button was launched in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

Israeli technological start-up Reporty Homeland Security, whose chairman is former prime minister Ehud Barak, launched the app in cooperation with Magen David Adom, security forces and local councils.

It will work in areas with low cellular coverage due to new technological breakthroughs, the company said. It will also allow for Internet chats with operators.

Currently, users will be able to transmit live video feeds from anywhere in the country to MDA and to municipal control centers in Ra’anana, Modi’in, Hod Hasharon, Hadera and Ashdod.

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