ACE Silent Tweets
Cost: Free | Developer: Appfactory | Platform: iOS | Version 1.0 | 1.7MB | 4.0+
Australian Communication Exchange (ACE) has recently released Silent Tweets, a free smartphone application that works as a visual alert system equivalent to audio broadcast.
Targeted at deaf and hearing impaired Australians, the app uses Twitter to provide them with access to a practical and emergency broadcasting service.
This text-based broadcasting system will circulate emergency warning notifications such as building evacuations or disaster announcements to users within a certain geographical area for the time period relevant to the message.
In addition to emergency notifications, public broadcasts will include up-to-date information on traffic congestion, dangerous weather, or alerts at public places like train stations or sporting events previously communicated by audio.
Organisations and hearing individuals can assist by broadcasting posts via Silent Tweets too.
ACE expects that the take-up of this app will be widespread, with over 50 large-scale organisations contributing updates and up to 1000 daily posts by the community.
This app was reviewed on an iPhone 4.
Pros: Great tool for staying informed.
Cons: What’s the disadvantage of an app designed for those with a communication challenge? – nothing.
Verdict: Prevents the deaf or hearing impaired from missing critical information.
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