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National success for smartphone app

Friday, 10 August 2012

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A life-saving smartphone app designed by ECU students has won the Tertiary Student Category at the 2012 iAwards, the premier technology awards for the ICT industry in Australia.

The app transforms a smartphone into an emergency beacon at the push of a button, transmitting a person's exact location to search and rescue services.

It has a number of unique features including:

  • Providing travellers with a set of 'before you go tips' from survival expert Bob Cooper, ensuring they are well prepared as possible before they leave;
  • At the push of a button sending GPS coordinates to search and rescue services, as well as the traveller's phone contacts list;
  • Providing travellers with a 'what to do in an emergency' survival guide;
  • Acting as a light source which is detected by night vision equipment in police helicopters up to four kilometres away.

School of Computer and Security Science students Laurence Da Luz, Tyson Wolker, Arickho Garcia and Huda Minhaj were recognised ahead of some of Australia’s brightest young IT minds from across Australia to win the student category of the iAwards.

"This is a wonderful achievement by our students and highlights our innovative engagement with partner organisations such as the WA Police to create IT devices that meet real-world needs in a timely way," said ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox.

"I congratulate the ECU team for thinking through their ideas that led to the successful creation of the app and I wish them continued success."

The app is now available for download on Android phones through Google Play.

For more information on the awards visit the 2012 iAwards website.

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