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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Alphabet unveils vision for high-tech Toronto waterfront project

The downtown skyline and CN Tower are seen past the eastern waterfront area envisioned by Alphabet Inc's Sidewalk Labs as a new technical hub in the Port Lands district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 3, 2019. (REUTERS)
Updated 25 June 2019
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Alphabet unveils vision for high-tech Toronto waterfront project

  • If the Can$3.9 billion ($2.96 billion) development goes ahead, tens of thousands of people are expected to live and work in the district, where tall buildings would be made out of timber

OTTAWA: Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google parent-company Alphabet Inc., on Monday officially unveiled its plan for a massive technology-driven neighborhood on Toronto’s waterfront that it hopes will become a blueprint for the future, but which has already generated controversy.
The 1,500-page master plan covers a 4.8-hectare (12-acre) parcel on the eastern shore of the city’s harbor. The Lake Ontario site would merge sustainable design with new technologies, such as trash-picking robots, sensors that measure pedestrians’ gait, sidewalks that melt snow and street-side parking that can be pre-booked.
But, in an era of global concern over data protection at tech firms, the proposal has been criticized for concerns over loss of privacy, and the handing over of control of public spaces to a private corporation.
The city, Ontario and federal governments, which have partnered with the New York-based urban planning firm on the project, would have to approve the proposal.
If the Can$3.9 billion ($2.96 billion) development goes ahead, tens of thousands of people are expected to live and work in the district, where tall buildings would be made out of timber.
Sidewalk Labs said it could be expanded to cover more than 77 hectares.
The aim, Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff told reporters, is to “create the neighborhood of the future... with people at its center, and with cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking urban design combining to achieve ambitious improvements in the urban environment and in the way we all live.”
Public consultations will be held over the coming months.