Future of 9-1-1? App Lets University Students Send Video Instantly to Police
by News Staff, Government Technology, September 16, 2011
University of Maryland students, faculty and staff were given access this week to a free Android smartphone app that gives them a direct and instantaneous line of communication to campus police and dispatch. With the M-Urgency app, smartphone users on the College Park campus have the ability to broadcast real-time audio and video to emergency dispatchers with the push of a button. Police and fire can also find the user’s approximate location by triangulating off of the phone’s built-in GPS and cell towers. … The Maryland Information and Network Dynamics (MIND) Lab and its director, computer science professor Ashok Agrawala, developed the app in collaboration with the university’s Department of Public Safety. … For full text of the article, visit: App Lets University Students Send Video Instantly to Police.
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Tags: 911, Android (operating system), Ashok Agrawala, Crisis Response, E911, GPS, Law Enforcement, M-Urgency, Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Lab, Mobile technology, Participatory Sensing, Policy, public safety, Social Media, University of Maryland, University of Maryland College Park
Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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