A new app for iPhone and Android with potentially-lifesaving features has launched in the UK today. Echo112 is designed to be your “guardian angel on your smartphone” by offering precise location information to emergency services in your time of need.
Working anywhere a GPS signal on your phone is present, Echo112 gives local emergency service numbers to its users, transmitting co-ordinates to the emergency services operators through the echo112.com website. Users need only hit the app’s SOS button to begin the process of getting the help they need, with no registration or personal details required – handy when time may be of the essence.
“Echo112 is the guardian angel on your smartphone,” said Jocelyn Corniche, the app’s creator and hospital ER anaesthesiologist based in Lausanne.
“Giving local emergency services direct access to your location and by making it quick and easy for you to contact them, echo112 can save precious seconds, which can be vital in an emergency.”
A free download available from the appropriate app stores now, Echo112 has already proved a hit in its native Switzerland, where it has been downloaded over 150,000 times.