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Emergency ship-to-shore connectivity video app introduced

A new mobile video app has been developed based on the ‘eviid’ system from UK company YRFree, designed specifically for use in remote or hostile maritime environments via a low-bandwidth satellite link.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The app uses a smartphone’s camera and microphone to record and stream video and audio. Eviid automatically adds contextual data (time, date, GPS location, etc) to each frame like a watermark, making it impossible to alter footage or meta data without leaving a trace. The footage is then compressed up to 20-fold before transmission.

The company says that, in critical situations at sea, eviid footage (live or recorded) can provide the visual confirmation needed by authorities on shore to deploy help quickly. It can also work as a distress signal, transmitting video of a situation automatically along with positional data - either live or at the next possible opportunity.

Security personnel can also use eviid for pre-transit reporting in evidential quality and can immediately file the report back to base. Footage is shared and stored securely in a controlled environment, preventing unauthorised access or sharing (for example, the footage does not show in the device’s photo gallery).

“Smartphones can be a powerful tool just by virtue of being the tool you’re most likely to have to hand when something unexpected happens. It’s a device we carry anyway, it’s got a great camera and it can connect to the internet,” said John Ridd, CEO of YRfree.

“What consumer smartphone technology has been missing is a feature that not only allows instant two-way video communication, but which turns that captured footage into evidence and treats it accordingly. eviid does just that.”

“In simple terms, it stamps date, GPS location, SIM identity and time onto the footage, puts it in a tamper-evident wrapper, compresses it and sends it to a safe place. In an off-shore environment this means a better, faster and fool-proof way of capturing and sharing the facts of a situation.”{/mprestriction}

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