Amid kidnapping of Israeli teens, new emergency alert app released

( In the wake of the kidnapping of three Jewish teens near Hebron, the Israeli volunteer emergency service United Hatzalah has released a new emergency alert app.

The logo of United Hatzalah. Credit: United Hatzalah.

The logo of United Hatzalah. Credit: United Hatzalah.

“Our main mission at United Hatzalah is to get to medical emergencies within two minutes all over the country,” said Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzalah. “With the recent kidnappings, we feel obliged to share our knowledge and technology to provide that extra layer of protection for the people of Israel.” 

Dubbed “SOS,” the app utilizes existing GPS-oriented emergency technology called LifeCompass used by United Hatzalah for medical emergencies.

According to United Hatzalah, when a person uses the app, a call simultaneously goes out to the police and a United Hatzalah dispatch center with the person’s GPS coordinates. The system will also contact any family members or friends. 

Posted on June 19, 2014 .