MAK­ING THE CON­NEC­TION

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Letters - GOR­DON KNIGHT BY EMAIL

Fur­ther to your re­cent ar­ti­cle on new farm­ing apps, I thought you might like to hear about an­other app that is find­ing favour with farm­ers, al­beit very dif­fer­ent to the two you fea­tured.

Farm­ing groups are of­ten con­nected by ra­dio net­work, when they can af­ford this, and more re­cently What­sapp groups for gen­eral com­mu­ni­ca­tion. In an emer­gency, though, there’s nor­mally not any time for ei­ther of these, which is why they’re so keen on the speed and sim­plic­ity of the Shake2Alert app. As the name says, you just shake your phone and an alert is in­stantly sent to all of your cho­sen emer­gency con­tacts. Along with your ex­act GPS lo­ca­tion, which is re­ally use­ful in out-of-the way places, the con­tacts also re­ceive video and au­dio from your phone.

Other fea­tures in­clude Man Down, a Jour­ney func­tion and a Blue­tooth panic but­ton though, so that they can trig­ger an alert while the phone is in a Camel­bak or pocket.

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