Saving Lives in Emergency Situations
Emergency response time during critical situations is a problem faced all over the world. Whether it’s a hostage crisis where a victim in hiding needs a quiet way to alert authorities, a car accident with injuries, a house on fire or a lost hiker, time is of the essence. These are actual occurrences that call for real time communications, but depending on the location, getting a message to emergency relief teams can take time. Too much time in situations where every second matters. NowForce, a Jerusalem based company, has developed a low cost system that allows people to use their own smartphones for emergency messaging. Its uses are widespread, including security communications at large events as well as police and public safety agencies in developing countries.
Reducing Time for Emergency Treatment
NowForce is a product developed to meet the needs of United Hatzalah, a volunteer organization that provides first responders to emergency scenes. They live in all parts of Israel and are called upon according to their locations and areas of expertise. Similar to a neighborhood watch group, volunteer paramedics or nurses are able to arrive at the scene within minutes and begin emergency treatment.
Keeping Tabs on Hikers
School children, tourists or trekkers might set out on a hike through the wadi in the early morning sun, but if the weather conditions change throughout the day they can be in serious danger. The NowForce app can be used to monitor groups of hikers and alert them to changes in the weather report. If they become stranded due to flooding or experience dehydration, the app can help lead evacuation teams.
Volunteer firefighters in Boone County, Missouri could not afford a complicated communications system. The department operates 14 stations in a 500-square mile area. Its 250 firefighters and EMTs typically respond to more than 4,000 fires, medical emergencies and car crashes each year. It is also on call to respond to national disasters. Its volunteers, who include farmers, physicians, secretaries, college students and computer programmers, are scattered throughout the large community. Locating and dispatching them as first responders was a challenge, but with NowForce, the time between a call going out and a volunteer arriving at the scene has been reduced to minutes.
According to Assaf Shafran, the CEO of NowForce, the solution was created with the goal of saving lives by drastically cutting the amount of time it takes to contact emergency teams.