I.C.E. Pics…In Case of Emergency Pictures

June 10, 2010

I.C.E. Pics…In Case of Emergency Pictures

Just as everyone with a cell phone should have ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts programmed in their phones here is an awesome way to deter and prevent crime and maybe even save a loved one’s life in an emergency situation.

This multi-functional app also has many everyday uses.

IcePics is an iPhone app that automatically takes a photo and emails it with the GPS map location to as many email contacts as you wish – all with one touch of the icon on the front screen of your iPhone.

While the app was designed with emergency situations in mind, users are finding a wide range of other uses for this “shoot and send” technology:

EMERGENCIES:   Touching the IcePics icon from your front screen will automatically bring up the iPhone camera, snap a shot, and send this photo to a set of pre-selected email contacts.  Even if your iPhone was smashed, turned off, or thrown in a lake, the photo has been sent to one or more pre-selected email recipients.   The GPS location is included in the email with a link to a Google Map of the location of where the photo was taken.

“JUST IN CASE” PHOTOS:   This app can be used if you find yourself in any uncomfortable situation and you suddenly think maybe you should take a photo — “just in case.”  The photo can be taken without a “click” sound, so you can use it as a preventive technology.  For example, if you are in a situation where you feel uncomfortable or threatened but you don’t want to insult someone by turning and snapping their picture, instead just touch the IcePics icon, hold the phone to your ear and pretend to be on a call, but aim it in the direction of the person that is making you uncomfortable (i.e.,at a campus bus stop, dorm room, the mall, etc ), then the photo can be sent silently . . . just in case. If something were to happen, IcePics could help investigators solve more crimes with hard evidence like photographs placing them at a specific location at a specific time.

The recipient(s) will then receive the following message:

An alert has been triggered from [Jane Doe’s] IcePics iPhone App.

The sender may simply be using IcePics to forward you a picture, but depending on the nature of the photo, you may want to contact the sender.

Location:

Latitude 30 1′ 5.8701″

Longitude -90 12′ 52.9959″

Go to map: <http://maps.google.com/?q=loc:30.018297,-90.214721&z=17>

Note: Replies to this email will be sent to the email address configured by the user.

The intent of the note is not to alarm the recipient but just to have you covered should something happen.    Some users of this app are using their own email address or that of a close friend or their spouse.  If it’s a false alarm, just delete the picture, but, if someone would try to harm you in any way, you will be able to inform the perpetrator that an emergency picture was already sent.  Once the perpetrator is informed by you that his/her picture has been taken and sent, they may even stop what they are doing knowing that the likelihood of them being caught just went way up!

OTHER USES:  Users are also emailing IcePics support staff with a wide variety of other uses for this app besides emergency pictures.  Here are just a few:

Take a photo of a piece of real estate so you have both the photo and location when you return home.

Use to keep your friends up to date on an event or your travels, in almost real time.

Use as a way to find your way back to a “For Sale” item that you are interested in.

Campus security officials advise women to “tell a friend” if they are leaving a bar or party with someone.  Icepics would be an additional aid.

Use IcePics to track large inventory items that are used in the field.  One person uses several bulldozers and now has a Google map of where each has been used last.

Quickly note a hunting or fishing spot with a photo of where you got that trophy.

A way to send your location when lost and or injured.  For instance, some users have been lost hiking and say they always have their phone.  Now if lost or injured while hiking they can send the GPS location of where they can be found – along with a photo of their injury, if needed.

If you stop and think for a moment, you will more than likely find uses that fit your lifestyle.  At $2.99, it is not hard to imagine this app paying for itself if only used once for any of the above situations.

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