A team of researchers at the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon in New York unveiled the Confident alert system, a smart phone based application with a goal to find, and identify missing people with more efficiency.
Heavily influenced from the tragedy of two Taiwanese explorers who got lost trying to navigate a remote area in Nepal, Ahmed Makhdoom, Luqman Haqim and Jeneesh KV were compelled to develop a better system to track, and rescue a missing person.
With the web app Confident, adventurers and travelers have the option to provide emergency contact numbers, and select a time which they expect to return should they be undertaking an activity with an added element of risk, like hiking a mountain. If they don't mark themselves as safe before their expected return time, their emergency contacts will be notified through the app.
The Confident alert system has the potential to make a significant impact with its ability to jump start a search and rescue mission as early as possible.
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