We've found tremendous value in the application of realtime text-based messages. We realised that we could apply this thinking to solve real problems.
What it does
The app is centered around a map showing realtime text-based broadcasts and app enables you to tune into streams of text. If the broadcaster is in an emergency situation, they can ask for and accept help from the community.
How did we built it?
With Node.js, Angular.js, Twilio, Esri and a whole heap of tech.
Tell us a story
From beloved blogging tools like Medium, to terrific tools like Twitter - we love using words to tell each other stories. But in the era of now-ness, what could we use to tell each other what happened, while it happens, while we're typing - immediately?
We've crafted a text-based broadcast app that's particularly good at handling emergency situations.
Video is great and images are too, but all too often it's just not the right medium. If you're sitting at your desk, avidly following a game of rugby, it probably wouldn't be wise to have the sound on. Text is the way to go here.
If you're a journalist reporting important pieces of information as soon as you hear them, text is a fast and powerful way to go.
I'd love to tell you how it works:
We've got two phones here, one broadcaster and one user. If you use a little bit of imagination you'll know that A the broadcaster is texting from a game of football in the Olympic stadium.
Our user B is sitting here in the audience watching presentations, so he can't really have any sound while he follows the game.
Suddenly and without warning, just as in Paris a few ago - chaos and panic ripple through the bones of every single person sitting in the stadium. This is a terror attack.
A flips the switch and enters emergency mode - everyone following the broadcast can see there is a problem and A can explain exactly what's happening and what he needs.
A switches to dictation through Twilio using text-to-speech from his iPhone.
B has noticed that his app now has a 'help' button visible. He's nearby and wants to do as much as he possibly can to help, so he looks at the options of food, donation, physical help and shelter - he clicks shelter and offers his flat as a safe-haven for the next few hours and a place for charging phones. It's less than 5 minutes away and he knows the tube is going to be a terrifying nightmare for the foreseeable future. Company and quiet safety is a priceless commodity.
A immediately gets a notification from B with a warm offer of help. Using Twilio, the two of them can connect safely without having to exchange their personal data.