October 8th, 2013
12:21 PM ET

Staying safe in danger zones? There's an app for that

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In the last century wartime warning systems were pretty low tech. From air raid sirens to emergency broadcast systems. But in the 21st century, your smartphone might just be your best warning tool.

In Lebanon, for example, as sectarian violence spills across Syria's border, apps are being developed for avoiding riots, car bombs, and even snipers. The military created "LAF Shield," which allows them to highlight danger zones for users to avoid. Users in turn can swipe to issue an SOS or report suspicious activity to the army.

Another app that uses crowd sourcing to pinpoint locations of protests, street fights and burning tires was downloaded 100,000 times in just one year.

And the goal of "Way to Safety," an app under development, is to be able to locate a gunman just using the smartphones in people's pockets. The app will record gunfire, identify the type of weapon being used and triangulate the exact location of the shooter, as long as several users are in the area.

Now we just need an app to get the world's warring factions to stop fighting and to make peace.

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  1. ✠RZ✠

    Hey, that is just so cool! Got any apps to fix the government???

    October 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  2. JAL

    Comprehensive Advanced Technology Initiative is coming very soon, even after seeing the new movie "Gravity". Great movie by the way!

    October 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • JAL

      I agree with the main thesis of the movie, which is: Humans don't belong in space.

      October 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  3. sand

    anyone got any app to make huge amounts of money, dollars that would be a very good thing.

    October 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Don't be silly! We already have plenty of printers for that!

      October 8, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  4. j. von hettlingen

    Fareed, "we just need an app to get the world's warring factions to stop fighting and to make peace". That's not possible. An app can't persuade fighters to lay down their arms. It needs a charismatic human being to knock some sense into these war-mongers.

    October 9, 2013 at 7:35 am | Reply
  5. karl from az

    Like in Chicago & Detroit, right?

    October 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply

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