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Public Safety

Sends the most recent fire/EMS call in Washington County to a Twitter account. I created a PHP script that pulls the XML data, parses it out, then sends the most recent fire/EMS call to the following twitter account: http://twitter.com/washco_firemed A link to a Google map of the incident location is also provided.

Targeted demographic (who app is intended for): Anyone that has in interest in the activities of the fire/EMS/police activities in the area. Concerned citizens, local media, etc.

Specific need that is addressed by app: The need for real-time updates about emergency services.

Anticipated usage (by whom, under what circumstances, etc): Currently being used by many regular citizens, people who work for emergency services, traffic monitoring services, and local media.

Who and what will be impacted by the app, and how: By providing real-time emergency service data, people will be more aware of the incidents in their neighborhood, traffic services can provide warnings about certain emergency traffic situations, and local media will have an instant notification of emergency events

How information is presented, that's not presented elsewhere; how it is unique: The information is presented in near-teal-time via Twitter. The makes the data extremely easy for anyone to obtain, use, and stay

Strengths of the design: Very easy to see the data. People also have a variety of ways to monitor the data: web, cell phone, or various 3rd party Twitter applications.

License: 
GNU General Public License version 3.0 (GPLv3)
Discussion
kaakar :: June 6, 2010 - 1:40pm

I don't think it's necessary to give the precise address.

rajat :: January 30, 2011 - 2:09am

Wow!!! really great concept indeed. I think that this kind of life saving alert system should basically be implied throughout the country not only at Washington County. But since this is the beginning, I hope with the succession in this city the system spreads over the country. This system seems to have a lot of potential and will definitely help on the reduction of life alert cost as well. A great system being introduced indeed, great going a big thumbs up to you guys.

Zerok :: March 4, 2011 - 2:55am

What a great idea. I am also in your side. This kinds of applications should be effective for public safety. Most of the people are being online on twitter then certainly it will be more effective, even for more security of human. It would be perfect when it will also COME IN use on Facebook as on twitter now. Facebook is getting top ranking in social networking site these days. It has 5 million active users and Facebook is growing day by day now. So talking about application Facebook should not compromise with any kind of things for the users. Also Facebook has provided the open source for the application development and you can use Facebook Application Analytics for analyzing the users out there.

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