Bystanders recording rescue efforts with their cell-phone cameras are oftentimes interfering with the work of ambulance staff. However, Stockholm-based live streaming startup Bambuser believes that mobile video capturing actually has its place in emergency response, as long as it’s the ambulance workers themselves doing the filming. Bambuser just signed a deal with fellow Swedish startup Ideaviate to include its live streaming service into Ideaviate’s LiveResponse solution.
LiveResponse will combine live video from Bambuser with Yahoo Maps to allow first responders to instantly communicate the severity and details of a situation and enable emergency response leaders to provide the right assets. The technology could also be used by police, private security services and service technicians, according to Ideaviate. Question is, will it lead to even more accident footage being leaked to video-sharing sites and mainstream media outlets?
LiveResponse was trialed by select firefighters and ambulance workers in Sweden last year, and Gotenborg’s Deputy Fire Chief Håkan Alexandersson went on the record in a press release provided by Bambuser saying that there are “great practical benefits” to such a solution. Comparable technology has been very expensive, but LiveResponse works with ordinary iPhones as well as Android and Symbian smartphones.
Of course, there have already been anecdotal reports of emergency workers shooting photos and videos of well-known accident or crime victims and selling them to the highest bidder. One can only imagine what could happen once they’re live streamed, ready to be captured and sold by anyone able to get their hands on the stream.
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