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Mobile app created to keep tourists in Japan safe in a natural disaster

The new smartphone application is meant to help guide people in English, Korean, and Chinese.

The Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company has now released a mobile app that has been designed to be able to provide tourists in the country with the information that they need in English, Korean, or Chinese, in case a natural disaster should occur.

Company officials explained that the mobile application will guide visitors to the country to safety.

The mobile app is aimed specifically at tourists and exchange students that are visiting from other countries and who don’t necessarily know the procedures in the event of a natural disaster while they are in Japan. A Japanese language version of the mobile application was already launched back in 2012. Since that time, it has been downloaded 500,000 times.

The new multilingual version of the mobile app will contain the same functions as the original Japanese version.

Mobile App - Japanese TouristsThis smartphone app has been built with a number of different functions, including an important map feature that identifies evacuation centers that are located nearby. These features are available through the app regardless of whether or not the device is able to connect to the internet at the time, provided that it has already been downloaded.

The cell phones of the users can provide very accurate directions from precisely where the user is. They simply need to aim their mobile devices at the buildings that are located nearby. The application is able to recognize them and will provide them with evacuation center location details based on that specific spot.

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance has been able to come to agreements with seven different local authorities that are located across the country in order to publicize the positions of the evacuation centers by way of the Japanese version of the software. Now, the hope from the insurer is to be able to connect with a larger number of universities and regional authorities so that they will be able to take part in the multilingual version, as well.

The agreement that was established for the mobile app with the Narita airport operator located near Tokyo will help the insurance company to be able to offer guidance options around the airport for tourists to the area, as well.

Location based technology contributes to Vizsafe community watchdog

The service also uses mapping and video social networking to provide a complete picture of a scene.

When an unexpected and unwanted event happens, sometimes the most important details are the ones that are the hardest to obtain, but with the location based technology used by Vizsafe, the hope is that communities and law enforcement will be better able to solve the mysteries around alleged crimes, and possibly prevent them from happening in the first place.

This community watchdog program uses geolocation, mapping, and video social networking, together.

While a tip line that connects directly to a police department can be a handy way to collect hints and clues, location based technology allows for much more specific and detailed data. The Vizsafe service also allows witnesses to be able to anonymously post comments and images based on what they have seen or experienced regarding a specific situation. The platform and its associated app were created by Peter Mottur, an entrepreneur and tech security expert.

The community alert app lets users post photos and videos through location based technology of crimes in progress.

location based technologyPolice are then able to monitor the posts in real time so that they can respond to the situation as rapidly and accurately as possible. The Vizsafe company has already worked on the Super Bowl with the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, and also worked on the Boston Marathon with the Boston police department.

The platform, which can be accessed through a mobile app, gives users the ability to filter information based on time, category, and other details. Users can also designate specific geographic areas. It was first gradually rolled out, starting in April, just ahead of this year’s Boston Marathon. In July, the Mount Pleasant police department began using this platform.

Members of a community are able to register to receive alerts so that if another user posts on the platform within the designated zone, those members will receive a notification in the form of a text message or an email. Huntington Beach, California uses this location based technology service as a part of the distribution of community and AMBER alerts throughout that city.