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LBS & tourism through the eyes of a postgrad marketing student in New Zealand.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

A cellphone could help save your life

Cellphone used as tracking device to rescue man
Now, before you get all excited about LBS applications for emergencies being available in NZ (like E911 in the US), it turns out that this is how they used the phone to locate the injured man:
"One of the officers used his local knowledge and guessed he was in Mills Lane.

"Then we sent an ambulance up and down Mills Lane while we listened to the siren through the man's cellphone."

When the siren, heard through the phone, was at its loudest, ambulance officers jumped out and found the man.
Very primitive indeed - wouldn't it have been much easier if we had something like E911? I hope that governments in most countries will be moving towards this, not only because it could mean the difference between life and death, but also because it would really spur the development of other LBS applications in that country. I don't see that happening anytime soon in NZ though... =

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