By Aryeh Savir
Smartphone apps provide a wide range of services, including information and entertainment; In Israel, the apps have another unique life-saving use. Following the recent security-related tension in northern Israel, partially the result of the civil war in Syria, i-Apps, an Israeli smartphone application development company, has updated its “Merkhav Mugan” (residential secure space) app to include all secure shelters throughout all of Israel.
The GPS based app assists a citizen fleeing from rocket fire to locate the closest bomb shelter or secure area, providing the fastest route to it. Updates from the emergency authorities are also provided in real time. The app enables anyone to add information about available shelters which are not yet listed on the app
The app was first launched six months ago and provided service to the residents of southern Israel who were under the threat of rocket fire from Gaza. i-Apps received information from the municipalities on the location of shelters in the north and have updated the info on the existing app.
“This app helps citizens to find safe areas throughout Israel during emergencies”, i-Apps CEO Uri Segal stated. He called on all the municipal authorities to update unknown locations on the app, thus providing a comprehensive and much needed service in a time of crisis. The idea was presented to i-Apps by Segal and Eyal Aprearte, residents of Ashdod, who have learned the necessity of this life saving app first hand.
Source: Tazpit News Agency