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Let your loved ones know you’re safe with our new personal safety app

Dec 05 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps safety & security

Whether it’s hiking alone or walking down a street after dark — sometimes you want to know someone's got your back. To help you feel safe and give your friends and family peace of mind, today we're launching Trusted Contacts. This new personal safety app lets you share your location with loved ones in everyday situations and when emergencies arise — even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it. 

Here’s how it works: Once you install the Android app, you can assign “trusted” status to your closest friends and family. Your trusted contacts will be able to see your activity status — whether you’ve moved around recently and are online — to quickly know if you're OK. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, you can share your actual location with your trusted contacts. And if your trusted contacts are really worried about you, they can request to see your location. If everything’s fine, you can deny the request. But if you’re unable to respond within a reasonable timeframe, your location is shared automatically and your loved ones can determine the best way to help you out. Of course, you can stop sharing your location or change your trusted contacts whenever you want.

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Here’s a little more detail on how Trusted Contacts might work, starring Elliot and Thelma:

Elliot & Thelma

Get help even if your phone’s offline

Elliot heads out for a hike on his own, telling Thelma he’ll meet her for coffee later. About an hour in, Elliot realizes he’s strayed off the path and lost service. When Elliot doesn’t show up at the coffee shop, Thelma starts to worry. Because Trusted Contacts works even if a phone is offline, Thelma requests Elliot’s location and in five minutes can see that his last known location was in the middle of the canyon. Thelma calls the nearest ranger station, they send out a rescue party, and find Elliot in a few hours.

Requesting Location

Invite a trusted friend to virtually walk you home if you feel unsafe

Elliot stayed at the office later than normal and notices it’s awfully dark out. He opens Trusted Contacts and shares his location with Thelma. Now Thelma can walk him home — virtually. When Elliot gets home, he simply taps the banner at the top of the screen or from the lockscreen and stops sharing his location.


Sharing Location

Whether you just need a little reassurance or you’re actually in an emergency, Trusted Contacts helps connect you with the people you care about most — at the times you need them most. Download Trusted Contacts today from the Play Store and visit the help center for more info. If you're an iOS user, click here to get notified when the iOS app is available


Let your loved ones know you’re safe with our new personal safety app

Dec 05 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps safety & security

Whether it’s hiking alone or walking down a street after dark — sometimes you want to know someone's got your back. To help you feel safe and give your friends and family peace of mind, today we're launching Trusted Contacts. This new personal safety app lets you share your location with loved ones in everyday situations and when emergencies arise — even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it. 

Here’s how it works: Once you install the Android app, you can assign “trusted” status to your closest friends and family. Your trusted contacts will be able to see your activity status — whether you’ve moved around recently and are online — to quickly know if you're OK. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, you can share your actual location with your trusted contacts. And if your trusted contacts are really worried about you, they can request to see your location. If everything’s fine, you can deny the request. But if you’re unable to respond within a reasonable timeframe, your location is shared automatically and your loved ones can determine the best way to help you out. Of course, you can stop sharing your location or change your trusted contacts whenever you want.

TrustedContactsGIF

Here’s a little more detail on how Trusted Contacts might work, starring Elliot and Thelma:

Elliot & Thelma

Get help even if your phone’s offline

Elliot heads out for a hike on his own, telling Thelma he’ll meet her for coffee later. About an hour in, Elliot realizes he’s strayed off the path and lost service. When Elliot doesn’t show up at the coffee shop, Thelma starts to worry. Because Trusted Contacts works even if a phone is offline, Thelma requests Elliot’s location and in five minutes can see that his last known location was in the middle of the canyon. Thelma calls the nearest ranger station, they send out a rescue party, and find Elliot in a few hours.

Requesting Location

Invite a trusted friend to virtually walk you home if you feel unsafe

Elliot stayed at the office later than normal and notices it’s awfully dark out. He opens Trusted Contacts and shares his location with Thelma. Now Thelma can walk him home — virtually. When Elliot gets home, he simply taps the banner at the top of the screen or from the lockscreen and stops sharing his location.


Sharing Location

Whether you just need a little reassurance or you’re actually in an emergency, Trusted Contacts helps connect you with the people you care about most — at the times you need them most. Download Trusted Contacts today from the Play Store and visit the help center for more info. If you're an iOS user, click here to get notified when the iOS app is available


Let your loved ones know you’re safe with our new personal safety app

Dec 05 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps safety & security

Whether it’s hiking alone or walking down a street after dark — sometimes you want to know someone's got your back. To help you feel safe and give your friends and family peace of mind, today we're launching Trusted Contacts. This new personal safety app lets you share your location with loved ones in everyday situations and when emergencies arise — even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it. 

Here’s how it works: Once you install the Android app, you can assign “trusted” status to your closest friends and family. Your trusted contacts will be able to see your activity status — whether you’ve moved around recently and are online — to quickly know if you're OK. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, you can share your actual location with your trusted contacts. And if your trusted contacts are really worried about you, they can request to see your location. If everything’s fine, you can deny the request. But if you’re unable to respond within a reasonable timeframe, your location is shared automatically and your loved ones can determine the best way to help you out. Of course, you can stop sharing your location or change your trusted contacts whenever you want.

TrustedContactsGIF

Here’s a little more detail on how Trusted Contacts might work, starring Elliot and Thelma:

personalsafety app_contacts.png

Get help even if your phone’s offline

Elliot heads out for a hike on his own, telling Thelma he’ll meet her for coffee later. About an hour in, Elliot realizes he’s strayed off the path and lost service. When Elliot doesn’t show up at the coffee shop, Thelma starts to worry. Because Trusted Contacts works even if a phone is offline, Thelma requests Elliot’s location and in five minutes can see that his last known location was in the middle of the canyon. Thelma calls the nearest ranger station, they send out a rescue party, and find Elliot in a few hours.

personalsafety app_2.png

Invite a trusted friend to virtually walk you home if you feel unsafe

Elliot stayed at the office later than normal and notices it’s awfully dark out. He opens Trusted Contacts and shares his location with Thelma. Now Thelma can walk him home — virtually. When Elliot gets home, he simply taps the banner at the top of the screen or from the lockscreen and stops sharing his location.


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Whether you just need a little reassurance or you’re actually in an emergency, Trusted Contacts helps connect you with the people you care about most — at the times you need them most. Download Trusted Contacts today from the Play Store and visit the help center for more info. If you're an iOS user, click here to get notified when the iOS app is available


Esri Recognized as Top Company with Inspiring Mission

Dec 05 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Esri Insider under tags  community development esri vision

By Chris Nowlin, Chief Human Resources Officer, Esri Esri has been recognized in the article “20 Companies with Seriously Inspiring Missions” on The Muse, a website designed to help people navigate through every stage of their job search and career. … Continue reading


CIA declassified its map collection on Flickr and it is totally awesome

Dec 05 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  featured maps

“An intelligence agency is a government agency responsible for the collection, analysis, and exploitation of information and intelligence in support of law enforcement, national security, military, and foreign policy objectives” we can read on Wikipedia. Looking at this definition it’s clear that there is no intelligence agency without maps. CIA realized that quite early and […]

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Lost City Discovered in Oklahoma

Dec 04 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  airborne lidar archaeology cultural heritage mapping

The power of airborne lidar has been used again by NASA to uncover an ancient city, but this time its not in the rain forest of a foreign country its in Oklahoma of all places. It is  actually  thought to … Continue reading

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Apple will use drones to update map data faster

Dec 03 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  apple drones featured

After a terrible launch back in 2012, Apple Maps got much better but the truth is that they are still far behind the competition including Google Maps, TomTom and HERE among others. The app is still lacking some major features like lane information, and the map data freshness is still far from being perfect. Today Apple […]

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With Google Earth Timelapse you can now view 32 years of Landsat satellite images

Dec 03 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  google google earth remote sensing

Google Earth allows you to travel around the globe in a matter of a few clicks. Since 2013, when the new Timelapse feature has been introduced, it also lets you travel in time. The Timelapse allows you to preview not only the latest but also historical satellite imagery. This week Google made the Timelapse even better. […]

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Esri Offers Customers On-Demand Deployment and Managed Services in the Cloud at AWS re:Invent 2016

Dec 03 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Esri Insider under tags  uncategorized

Esri participated in this year’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference as a sponsor, and announced a new offering in the AWS Marketplace. A member of the AWS Public Sector Partner (PSP) Program, Esri was recognized by Teresa Carlson VP … Continue reading


This Week in EPA Science

Dec 02 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The EPA Blog under tags  it all starts with science

By Kacey Fitzpatrick Happy December! Here’s a quick recap of the latest in EPA science. The Freshwater Cycle in the Marshall Islands EPA research hydrologist Dr. Bill Shuster recently traveled to the Marshall Islands as an Embassy Science Fellow. He supported the US embassy there on science and technology matters and shared his scientific expertise(...)