The Emergency Distress Button is an Android and Android Smart Watch Wear application which triggers an emergency event whenever the owner is in trouble. The owner can manually trigger an emergency via the power/sleep button on their devices, via lock screen widget button or a soft button on their Android Wear Smart Watches such as LG or Moto360 or Samsung Wear devices.
After the user has initiated the emergency , the app sends a distress SMS and/or Email message with the exact location of the accident to predefined contacts such as relatives or friends (multiple can be added) and in addition the phone can dial one emergency number automatically and automatically enable the speakerphone.
The contacts can also manually trigger location updates sent via SMS commands (even from feature phones) and will receive SMS updates with the exact GPS coordinates of the victim.
✔ Android and Android Wear smart watch support (Moto360, LG, Samsung etc.)
✔ Emergency predefined contacts will be contacted via SMS , email or called
✔ Precise location of the accident is send to all predefined contacts (friends, relatives, emergency centre) in a case of emergency via SMS and/or Email with Google maps link
✔ Fast triggering via soft lock screen widget or even the hardware power button on a smartphone device
✔ All authorised emergency contacts can also track the device in case of emergency and will be able to call back - Speaker phone will automatically turn on.
✔ Location updates available to selected contacts either triggered automatically in a case of emergency or via the SMS commands - needed if the initial location send out was not 100% accurate.
✔ The Emergency application was the first to enter the market back in 2011. We are the only app on the market to provide hardware triggering via the power button and as of 2014, to support Android Wear and Gear smart watch devices.
✔ Triggering via a soft button could be ineffective, since it requires the user to unlock or at least wake the device. In addition to the soft button, we provide a hardware solution which will save many lives when the phone can't be easily unlocked.
"Golden hour" benefits
With the help of the Emergency app we can greatly reduce the time paramedics need to reach the victims and as such the patients will receive vital medical care within the Golden Hour.
The initial emergency notification time can be reduced by a multiple factor and with the help of OpenXC integration described below (which is in production) the emergency distress call can be initiated even at the very moment the accident occurs.
The patients can also interact with paramedics through the automated speaker phone function of the device.
With the help of OpenXC and AppLink the app can easily and automatically identify if an accident has occurred and trigger the Emergency event on the attached device, thus reducing the emergency distress call time to zero.
In remote areas, or in situations in which a lot of crash parties are involved and no eye witnesses are on sight, this could even result in vital emergency triggering, which otherwise could've not been possible.
By constantly monitoring vital OpenXC data such as EngineSpeed, VehicleSpeed, SteeringWheelAngle, BrakePedalStatus and AcceleratorPedalPosition we can easily identify (via algorithms) unusual car behaviour which could've led to a crash scenario and trigger the emergency call.
We feel that in this way a lot of the accidents will not result in fatalities.
A short video demonstration of the app being triggered via a smart watch can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTF9J33RU6Q
The app can be downloaded from the following Play Store link. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.incorporateapps.emergency
Please note that to test the Smart Watch features a supported Android Wear device must be used (LG with latest Wear update or Moto 360 were tested).
The Emergency Android app solution is fully operational worldwide since the technology used relies on GPS, wifi/ mobile data and SMS available on any operator and Google/Android certified device worldwide (99% of all Android devices available). We feel confident that by cooperating with Ford and OpenXC we can bring our platform and emergency solution to many different markets.
The app has received a very positive response from the media.
Selected by "Android Police" (one of the most professional Android blogs) as best app of the week
Vodafone eNewsletter containing coverage of our app - issue 14 about RNLI crew members