“I never thought that pressing the help button would cause such a commotion,” said Avner Reich, who recently received life-saving help via social safety application Musketeer.
Reich pressed the help button on his cellphone application upon recognizing the signs of an impending heart attack and, within minutes, several neighbors arrived at his home, among them two doctors. The neighbors called an ambulance and Reich was rushed to the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa where he underwent a catheterization.
Musketeer is a cellular safety application based on the premise that help is most efficient and effective when it comes to those in need quickly. Founded in 2012 by Shaul Avidov, the application aims to make society safer by enabling peer-to-peer support at all times.
The application allows people in distress to press a help button that sends an alert to the 40 users closest to the emergency call, as well as to a pre-defined contact list the user enters upon registration.