Your Phone's Wi-Fi Hotspot Can Be a SOS Beacon During a Disaster
Feb 28, 2014 01:12
Imagine the horror of being trapped under a rubble. You can't move, and the chances of you surviving depend on people finding you. Now, your odds are going to increase. The Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone may be able to act as an SOS beacon.
Engineer Amro Al-Akkad from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology in St. Augustin, Germany created an app that could insert a short SOS message into the name of a phone's Wi-Fi hotspot.
Al-Akkad and his team developed a "victim" and "seeker" app to allow one to locate the other. The app allows a victim to write a 27 character message and a seeker app can spot it from 100 meters away.
It's already been successfully used in disaster simulations in Norway.
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