New mobile app launched in Singapore for emergencies! Publishers claim that it serves like “Eyes and Ears” during crises.
This app will also serve as a platform for the public to provide feedback to the authorities.
With this app, users can send photos and videos of crises to the police by using a “point-shoot-send function”. They can call or text the police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) as well.
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It was noted by Nur Diyanah Anwar, a RSIS research analyst that the app would be rendered useless if mobile nteworks are disrupted during crises.
Associate Professor Kumar Ramakrishna, from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), said that this app would be helpful for the concerned authorities to gather accurate information and provide the best solution.
A United States-based expert on public safety and homeland security, Russ Johnson, said concerned authorities must be in place to process and follow up with crowd-sourced information.
“For example, providing directions to stay indoors or head to a nearby evacuation centre… because during an emergency, people in the vicinity will be upset, nervous and will need clear directions,” said Johnson.
This app has public alert facilities like the warning siren network while the ministry is finding new methods to spread the emergency messages.