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March 26, 2010

Swedish Startups Team to Develop Live Stream Video for Emergencies

After being in a car accident, and being the person who caused all the rubberneckers to pile up traffic on I-84 that faithful Thursday night in 2002, I will never, ever slow down to watch an accident again.

But, would I take a picture of it on my cell phone? Hmm…debatable. While I have never done it, apparently many bystanders do, often interfering with the work of ambulance staff.

While some may see this as a nuisance, Stockholm-based live streaming startup Bambuser sees this as a potential business opportunity. Standing on the ideology that mobile video should be merged into the emergency response, the company has partnered with Ideaviate, another Swedish startup, to including its live streaming service into Ideaviate’s LiveResponse solution.

Combining Yahoo Maps to allow responders communication abilities with emergency response individuals, the technology aims to provide EMTs, police, private security services and service technicians will quicker access to accidents and other emergency situations.

The only issue now is to see whether or not the video stream could potentially help or hurt efficiencies in the emergency response sector. Only time will tell.


Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly 'green' technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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