Záchranka Mobile App developed over the course of two years by a Biomedical Engineering graduate

“I have twisted my ankle and I am located somewhere in the forest near Blansko city. Please, send a doctor.” Such messages are recorded by emergency dispatchers on a daily basis. The real issue is how to precisely locate the person in distress. As it might be the case, the person does not provide the dispatcher with precise details on his or hers location, therefore, it could take hours for the rescue workers to find them. Filip Maleňák a graduate of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication at BUT developed a new Záchranka App which aims to prevent such situations.

By pressing the emergency red cross button the application puts the person in distress in contact with the 155 emergency line. At the same time, an sms is sent to the regional emergency station with the person’s exact location, with the accuracy of a few meters. The dispatcher then knows whether to dispatch an ambulance or a helicopter and the exact location where to send them to.

The Záchranka application was developed on Department of Biomedical Engineering
The Záchranka application can be particularly useful on nature tours. | Photo source: Medical Information Technologies archive

The benefit of the application is, that it is able to locate the person in distress through GPS. GPS is to some extent independent on the cell phone signal and so the person can be located even in cases when they are in remote areas. After the alarm is activated the 155 emergency line dispatcher receives, together with the call, the exact location details of the person and at the same time can find out the extent of injuries and other important information. “The dispatcher also receives information such as the cell phone battery level of the phone that has sent the distress message. This might be an essential information for the rescuers when guiding the person through giving first aid over the phone, especially, when the call is disconnected,” describes Maleňák.

One can easily fill in a form with health status in Záchranka app.
It is also possible to fill in other information in the application, for example, your health status. | Photo source: Medical Information Technologies archive

It took approximately two years to develop the application. First version had been developed during Filip’s Biomedical Engineering studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication at BUT. At that time Filip was deciding what topic to choose for his bachelor thesis. He was in contact with the emergency services and was aware that the biggest issue they are dealing with is the localization of the person in distress. He decided to develop an application which would help with this issue. The rescuers liked the application, however, at the time being there was no further incentive to take the project to the next stage. Representatives from the Alfa Helicopter, Co. contacted him a year later with an interest in the application. Consequently, the Alfa Helicopter, Co. together with Czech Insurance Company funded the application.

Graduate of Biomedical Engineering Filip Maleňák visited his alma mater and at the premises of the formerly attended Department introduced his application to the current students within a lecture held by the Electrotechnical Engineering Association.

[This article has been cited and edited with the permission of zvut.cz]

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