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. The receptor and app are likely to create significant impact on rescue missions in which visual location of victims is impossible, such as freeing people…

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