Mobile app offers safety at the touch of a finger

Effat University has developed a mobile app for use in emergencies or accidents.
Updated 28 June 2018
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Mobile app offers safety at the touch of a finger

  • With Saudi women now permitted to drive, the app will help to “ensure safety on the road,” according to its developers.
  • Princess Lulu praised the design of the app, saying “safety on the road” was paramount for women planning to drive.

JEDDAH: A mobile app for use in emergencies or accidents has been developed by Effat University in collaboration with Marfad for Social Development.

The 10/10 initiative provides a simple, flexible and quick tool to report emergencies, and is particularly useful for drivers.

With Saudi women now permitted to drive, the app will help to “ensure safety on the road,” according to its developers.

The app was launched on Tuesday by Princess Lulu Al-Faisal at a ceremony at Effat University.

Badar Al-Ansari, strategy and business development manger at Marfad for Social Development, told Arab News: “People who have been in an accident are often not in the best shape to make calls and contact family, so this application will help with that.”

The 10/10 app can call helplines and saved contacts, send an SMS to an emergency contact and call 911.

Speaking at the launch, Haifa Jamal, principal of Effat University, said the app was an example of “men and women working together to elevate their homeland.”

Princess Lulu praised the design of the app, saying “safety on the road” was paramount for women planning to drive.

The princess said she was confident people would fully support women driving. “I doubt there are skeptical people left now. I don’t think there is any room for skepticism,” she told Arab News.

Jamal also emphasized proper training of drivers. “Learning about the rules and regulations are crucial, and receiving proper training before you hit the road is a must.

“The driver needs to worry about other citizens as well as themselves. Every life is important,” she said.

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First sounds of wind on Mars captured by InSight spacecraft

Updated 09 December 2018
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First sounds of wind on Mars captured by InSight spacecraft

  • 20 second audio clip shows sound of wind on Mars
  • Clip also supports evidence of wind speed and direction on Mars

DUBAI: An audio clip of the first sounds captured on Mars by its latest inhabitant, the InSight probe, was released last week, British broadcaster BBC reported.

The clip, 20 seconds long, has captured the sound of the wind on the desert planet.

InSight carries a British-made seismometer package, which was able to detect the vibrations from Martian air rushing over the solar panels.

Professor Tom Pike, leading the seismometer experiment from Imperial College London, likened the placement of the solar panels to the robot “cupping its ears”. “[They are] the perfect acoustic receivers.” he said.

The wind on Mars moves from the northeast to the southeast at about five to seven meters per second, according to the latest estimates. This falls in line with evidence shown by satellite pictures that display the tracks left by dust devils travelling in the same direction.

 “This is brilliant news because it means we know the sensors have survived the rigors of landing on Mars and are meeting the requirements to achieve their science goals,” Sue Horne, head of space exploration at the UK Space Agency, told the BBC.

“It is just amazing to hear the first ever sounds from Mars,” Horne added.

InSight landed on Mars on November 26th, following a six-month journey from Earth. Its overall aim is to study the world's interior from the mission site, a flat plain just north of Mars's equator.