TEDGlobal: App offers safety in a riot

Posted on 27/06/2012

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BBC News by Jane Wakefield .

A smartphone application, enabling people in the middle of riots to find safety, has been shown off at the TEDGlobal event in Edinburgh.

The app has been developed by Salvatore Iaconesi, a newly created TED Fellow.

The software, not yet publicly released, takes data from a range of social networks and uses it to let people know what areas are least affected by trouble.

Users point their phones and a colour interface indicates dangerous areas.

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