Mobile LifeSaver – connecting local good samaritans with those in life-threatening situations
Mobile LifeSaver is build upon the simple idea that lives can be saved by using existing resources, and the community’s knowledge. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, the number one factor in whether they survive is the amount of time that goes by before CPR is performed. By alerting volunteers in the area when an emergency is taking place, those suffering from cardiac arrest have greatly increased chances of survival. Knowledgable volunteers get an alert with the location of the emergency, and the location of the nearest defibrillator, and often are able to be on the scene before emergency personnel. The alert is sent via SMS text message, or via an app, and only goes out to those who have signed up to be a part of the service, and who are nearby. So how does it work?
One unique solution that combines all types of mobile positioning
The system behind Mobil LifeSaver is the first of its kind. It combines the positioning technology built into mobile networks with the GPS feature in smart phones. Each method has it’s own advantages. Positioning in operators’ mobile networks has been around for a long time, and it is the technology that alarm centers around Europe use to locate emergency stations. One of the advantages of this kind of positioning is that it can be used everywhere there is cell phone coverage and works on all mobile phones without needing to install an app. The disadvantage is that the accuracy of the security is worse than with the phone’s GPS system, especially in sparsely populated areas where there aren’t as many mobile masts.
By downloading and activating the Mobile Phone app on your smartphone, Mobile LifeSaver volunteers are better able to be alerted in connection with a suspected cardiac arrest. The app can calculate a precise distance to the distressed person, and gives directions to the nearest defibrillator.
In recent years, several projects have been initiated where cell phones are used in emergency situations. While it’s great that apps can contribute to increased security in society, it has become increasingly easy to develop apps that don’t work well, leading to a false sense of security.
What counties and municipalities should consider when evaluating alternative systems is the stability we offer. The technology behind our Mobile Lifesaver is that it is run and maintained by a stable, experienced player, and is based on proven technology.