New location app speeds up rescue time in emergencies

New location app speeds up rescue time in emergencies

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Designed for use in emergency situations where time is of the essence in finding survivors, the Universidad de Alicante researchers’ app emits a wifi signal that acts as a distress beacon. Rescuers can track the signal through the portable receptor that connects to a smartphone and includes a small antenna. Communities struck by natural disasters can often survive for several hours, and the app can help emergency response teams decide where to concentrate their efforts.

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