Earthquakes and Foreign Tourists

Yesterday, a major earthquake hit Japan.

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Airports shut down and bullet train service was interrupted. Tourists in Japan answered incessant Facebook inquiries. Although no deaths were reported, each earthquake in the island nation is stark reminder of the destructive possibility. The 2011 earthquake and deadly tsunami took 18,000 lives.

It’s tough to be prepared for a surprise natural disaster, but Japan’s authorities are leading the way.

In 2015, Japan attracted 20 million international tourists. Officials from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport say that by the time of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the total number of foreign visitors will increase dramatically.

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When an App Saves a Life

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A man in Seattle is lucky to be alive.

 

Last month, Stephen DeMont was knocked over by a heart attack. His story made the news.

 

Bystanders gathered around. Someone called 9-1-1. The county dispatcher receiving the call used an app called PulsePoint to send out an alert. All those with the app in proximity to the emergency were notified. One nurse, just getting off duty at a nearby hospital, responded to the alert on her smartphone. She showed up and also began helping with CPR.

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1st Minute App part of CTIA Super Mobility StartUp Lab

PRESS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

LanguageMAPS, and its flagship product 1st Minute, was one of 29 seed and growth-stage companies participating in the 2016 CTIA StartUp Lab.

The CTIA StartUp Lab connects wireless-focused companies with mobile industry leaders and corporate and venture capital investors. Worldwide accelerator programs and CTIA member companies nominated CTIA StartUp Lab’s 2016 participating companies, which represent 14 states and 4 countries. Finalists fast pitched their products and services on CTIA Super Mobility’s show floor Sept. 7-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We’re grateful to be showing 1st Minute App at CTIA StartUp Lab. As a finalist in the Wireless category, we’re proud to represent a new era of public safety software solutions so that first responders and travelers can have access to technology with life-saving capability.” ~ Lance Manning, CEO of LanguageMAPS

About LanguageMAPS, Inc.:

LanguageMAPS is a translation company that overcomes the real-time language barrier through the simplicity of checklist-based mobile apps. Our flagship product, the 1st Minute App simplifies communication between first responders, those experiencing medical emergencies, and those who want to be prepared in case they have one. Our App allows them to immediately communicate their medical history and symptoms to paramedics, ERs, and pharmacies in foreign countries. Next generation 9-1-1 and FirstNet broadband technology will provide data-rich communications capability giving on-scene personnel the ability to collect, analyze, and use relevant data. Our technology links language translation to an evolving ecosystem including public safety answering points, patient care records, and over the phone interpreters.

About CTIA Super Mobility 2016
CTIA Super Mobility 2016™ (CTIASuperMobility2016.com) is the largest mobile event in America and the only B2B marketplace dedicated to demonstrating products and strategies for smart cities, mobile-first enterprises and connected consumers around the globe. For three days, more than 30,000 technology and business professionals, 1,000 exhibiting companies and dozens of collocated partner organizations gather to discover next-generation technologies, people and ideas transforming everything wireless. Powered by CTIA for 30+ years, this award-winning trade show advances the association’s commitment to foster wireless innovation and enable connected life. CTIA Super Mobility 2016 took place September 7-9, 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA.

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Why the Name “1st Minute”?

There’s a lot that goes into the name of an App.

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In our case, the nature of the problem being solved – overcoming the language barrier – requires urgency, especially in a medical emergency.

When first responders (paramedics, police, flight attendants) respond to a call, every second counts. Now imagine what happens when the patient only speaks a different language. Guessing what’s wrong, waiting for an interpreter, or just getting them to an emergency room, aren’t always the best options. These can mean the difference between life and death.

Receiving language help in the first minute is ideal. And that is where the power of mobile technology comes into play. So, we’ve designed the user experience to match that timeframe. This way responder and patient can interface with the App and communicate with each other as quickly as possible.  The fields of mobile health, 9-1-1, and emergency medicine are changing… and our App is part of the solution.

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Language Barriers and In-flight Medical Emergencies

Have you ever experienced a medical emergency while on an airplane, or observed the call for doctors during a flight?

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Earlier this year, Paul, a 32 year-old businessman, was on an international flight when a passenger called for assistance.

About 1 in 600 flights involves a reported passenger incident requiring medical help. That translates into 44,000 in-flight medical emergencies worldwide every year. The actual numbers may be higher since reporting is not mandatory and minor issues are very likely under-reported.

Paul was flying from a U.S. city to an overseas destination. About 30 minutes from takeoff, a man sitting across the aisle from him seemed to be in distress. Something was wrong and it looked to Paul like the man was having difficulty breathing. Flight attendants quickly arrived, made their call for medical help and frantically tried to assist.

This experience, however, was different than others. It involved a language barrier.

 

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LanguageMAPS partners for FirstNet event

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On May 3rd, LanguageMAPS participated in the FirstNet Colorado event with their software partner, Hitech Systems.

Here is their press release.

Led by the FirstNet Coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, the event featured over 20 companies demonstrating public safety technologies which ranged from network solutions to mobile applications. 200 Emergency communications officials and first responder leaders attended the event and tested technologies designed to improve communication and coordination that occur during real-life emergency responses.

Below are some guiding principles from a descriptive whitepaper authored by FirstNet Colorado Leader, Ed Mills.

  • “It is imperative that the power of mobile broadband technology be harnessed to help first responders coordinate and communicate.”
  • “… The most important development … will be the power of information technology developed by techies and placed in the hands of responders with a user interface that is simple, yet robust.”
  • “Responders seek …. the ability to collect, analyze, and use data.”
  • “FirstNet needs to hear from local responders who know the communications challenges.”

We appreciate his team’s invitation for us to participate and inform industry leaders about the  mission of the 1st Minute App – “To communicate relevant data from non-English speakers to responders  during emergencies through an easy-to-use and read interface.”

We look forward to participating in upcoming FirstNet training events around the nation.

 

Smartphones Help During Medical Emergencies

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Today nearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and 19% of Americans rely to some degree on a smartphone for accessing online services and information and for staying connected to the world around them, according to Pew Research Center.

Smartphones are increasingly used as an effective means to deliver emergency alerts issued by state and federal agencies, and can serve as lifelines during major disasters. Smartphones can also help save lives during a medical emergency. Continue reading

1st Minute App Partners with Sonim Technologies

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1st Minute App has partnered with Sonim Technologies, allowing us to test our app on Sonim devices for EMTs during a multi-vehicle collision simulation.  We also plan to discuss further beta tests.

Sonim is the provider of the world’s most rugged, water-submersible mobile phones designed specifically for workers in demanding and hazardous environments. Continue reading