Reports point out an increase in the number of downloads of the Zello walkie talkie app, which is reportedly proving helpful for Hurricane Irma volunteer rescuers.
This comes in the wake of the need for an app or system which can help transmit and coordinate responses and rescues.
The Zello Walkie Talkie, Now Top Free App in the iTunes Charts
At the time of its launch, back in 2007, in Russia, the app was named LoudTalks. However, after its move to Austin, Texas, in 2011, it got its current name. Presently, this walkie talkie app has some 100 million users registered around the world.
Following its being referenced in an article related to Hurricane Harvey, and as Hurricane Irma is still raging, the Zello walkie talkie is now the top free choice in the iOS App Store.
Reports indicate that six million new users have registered since Monday, states Bill Moore, the Zello CEO.
“With the crush of new users and emergency situations, most of the Zello team is working long days either maintaining capacity or helping with customer support,” he is reported as stating.
The developer also reported adding 18 servers to be able to keep up with the new users.
— Zello Inc (@Zello) September 9, 2017
Zello is available across a wider number of platforms including, besides iOS, the Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8, Windows PCs, and also LMRs or Land Mobile Radio.
Part of its success is based on the fact that any from two up to 1,000 people can have live, instant conversations. Users can hold one-on-one talks. They can also start a group-like channel, or join an already existing one.
The Zello walkie talkie app is also available in over 20 languages and comes with a special version for companies. [email protected] looks to replace the two-way radio and helps ensure a secure private network.
The walkie-talkie like system is very useful in situations when the user can’t type or constantly check what is being written. However, the app still needs a WiFi or cell service to be able to work, despite some of the rumors floating online that it doesn’t.
Also, Moore points out that the Zello walkie talkie app is not meant to work as a “replacement for instructions from government emergency agencies or sanctioned rescue organizations.“
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