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# 138198 24-Dec-2013 12:21
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I suppose because I am in a group that is more susceptible to dieing suddenly I pay more attention to these things

Emergency App



This wonderful app seems to be just what I want but it looks like its only available in NSW

Do we have anything similiar here if not one should be developed especially in New zealand where its hard enough to find your own house let alone anyone else s!




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  # 956934 24-Dec-2013 13:20
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Available all over Australia.



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  # 956943 24-Dec-2013 14:18
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blakamin: Available all over Australia.

cool so how do we get one for NZ?




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  # 956947 24-Dec-2013 14:37
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Speak to a ministry of something? Vodafone have been advertising it here.

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  # 956966 24-Dec-2013 15:47
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I have an app simply called "help" that could be programmed to do this. Also there is this http://www.gethomesafe.com/





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  # 957025 24-Dec-2013 18:17
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Get St John alarm





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  # 957229 25-Dec-2013 11:53
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freitasm: What about just dial 111? It works in all phones, smart and dumb.


Yep next time you have a heart attack try dialing 111 :)

I dont know if the emergency services are set up to be able to use your phone coordinates either




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  # 957230 25-Dec-2013 11:54
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nakedmolerat: Get St John alarm


I did have one for awhile when I was in high risk but they are $40 a month I think and you cant take them with you when you are out and about




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  # 957232 25-Dec-2013 12:02
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DjShadow: Its an idea being looked into by the looks:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/8812056/Push-for-smartphone-app-to-track-111-calls


Sounds promising also sounds like we will have to overcome the "Kiwi Paranoia" of being "tracked'!
Of course every Iphone has built in ability to be tracked quite easily

Did I miss something in the 101 New zealand history ? Did something happen to create the distrust and paranoia here?

I noticed it more on my later visits here In the rest of the world when you introduce your self you say "Hi Graham Foster-Brown pleased to meet you " The reply 90% of the time is
"Hi George " "Hi Susan"
In at least 40% of mail order I do within NZ people only give there first name not there last

Interesting ......





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  # 957234 25-Dec-2013 12:04
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Looking at this app there isn't really anything amazing about it. It simply lists the contact numbers on screen and can read out your GPS coordinates so you can relay these to emergency services.

This app by itself would be useless in NZ because NZ doesn't use WGS-84 (latitude / longitude) for mapping. It's either NZGD49 (now technically obsolete) or the newer NZGD2000 format. All emergency services use NZGD2000 for mapping systems rather than WGS-84

The ability to establish a direct data connection into the ICAD system exists and the potential to deliver cool features in the future exists - the NZ Police use of their Mobile Responder app shows the potential.

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  # 957237 25-Dec-2013 12:11
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sbiddle:This app by itself would be useless in NZ because NZ doesn't use WGS-84 (latitude / longitude) for mapping. It's either NZGD49 (now technically obsolete) or the newer NZGD2000 format. All emergency services use NZGD2000 for mapping systems rather than WGS-84



Would it be? From LINZ

"NZGD2000 is essentially coincident with the World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS84). This is the reference system that is used by GPS receivers. It means that for most practical purposes WGS84 coordinates can be assumed to be the same as NZGD2000 coordinates."



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  # 957241 25-Dec-2013 12:20
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A friend was showing me a small SMS/web browser-based app he's using with rescue services to find lost trampers and rescue people in emergency. Pretty cool and works with almost all modern smartphones, no app installs required.

I won't post more as I don't know what's the patent status. But cool nonetheless.




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  # 957247 25-Dec-2013 13:58
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Bung:
sbiddle:This app by itself would be useless in NZ because NZ doesn't use WGS-84 (latitude / longitude) for mapping. It's either NZGD49 (now technically obsolete) or the newer NZGD2000 format. All emergency services use NZGD2000 for mapping systems rather than WGS-84



Would it be? From LINZ

"NZGD2000 is essentially coincident with the World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS84). This is the reference system that is used by GPS receivers. It means that for most practical purposes WGS84 coordinates can be assumed to be the same as NZGD2000 coordinates."




All emergency services can also convert any reference into the appropriate NZGD2000 using a small app. Not as convenient as direct input but hardly a roadblock.

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  # 957284 25-Dec-2013 17:42
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I don't have a dog in this race but

"Because NZGD2000 is fixed at 1 January 2000, WGS84 coordinates obtained at times different to this need to be "transformed" back to this epoch using the NZGD2000 deformation model. In 2008 the deformation model is applying corrections of approximately 0.5 metres."

If the emergency services want to find the victim rather than sell his estate, even 5-10 metre accuracy would be OK

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