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App That Can Save Lives

Goozam, meaning ‘good samaritan’ is a supplemental first response mobile app and server infrastructure for GeoVolunteers’. It is a geo-context first response app that hails GeoVolunteers to help. GooZam App is a first response mobile emergency and non-emergency service collaboration, hailing, messaging and resource app that allows response and interaction from GeoVolunteers (volunteers within a proximity radius). The app will call the emergency first response phone number configured for your area, SMS those in your “Emergency Contacts” list a preset emergency message with your location and hail a volunteer to come to your aid if there are any within the area. There are now additional messaging channels such as Facebook post and email sent to your insurance company that you can enable to function simultaneously with the base service.

The objective of the app is to get you rapid help in an emergency or semi-emergency situation through simultaneous means such as phone call, SMS, the internet, facebook, email and GeoVolunteers (volunteers nearby). In areas where there is no first response infrastructure like a centralized 911 or similar services, we are hoping that through your emergency contacts, volunteers and volunteer organizations, Facebook friends hailed and available in your area will make a difference in providing you help.

The app will work with basic mobile phone services. The app will function without internet data services, however, it will be limited to phone and SMS services only if those are the services that you currently have with your mobile phone service carrier. GPS is to be on for optimal results and for location services to aid in finding you. If you enable the Facebook feature to post in your “Settings”, you must log in to Facebook for the feature to function.

You must turn on GPS, fill your “Emergency Contacts” list and configure in the “Settings” menu the desired phone number(s) for your area for better results in response. There is a server portal component which your organization can use to further enhance your first response functions. (Source: GooZam Google Play).

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