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Kolkata: Female train commuters in distress can now seek immediate police assistance at the touch of a button – courtesy a mobile app R-MITRA launched on Friday by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Designed in-house by the Eastern Railway (ER), the app – Railway Mobile Instant Tracking Response and Assistance (R-MITRA) – immediately sends alerts to the nearest Railway Protection Force (RPF) inspector as well as the Divisional Security Control Room (DSCR) providing location as well as the identity of the victim.

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The app can also be used to send photos of the assaulter as well as to communicate with the railway authorities through messages or call.Since the commuter will be on the move, the app will alert the RPF personnel at the next two stations. Using GPS and GPRS, the location of the woman in distress can be tracked in real-time at the DSCR.

It works both online and offline and is currently available for android users only – but the ER is working on extending the facility to IOS phones.Available now only to passengers of suburban trains services on Eastern Railway, the facility will be extended to other divisions as well as the South Eastern Railway.

Describing passengers safety as one of the biggest challenges of the railways, Prabhu said technology can help the national carrier in providing better security. “Railways carry about 2.7 crore to three crore commuters daily and having adequate police-commuter ratio is not possible. Technology has a large part to play in bridging the gap and we are happy to have developed this app in such a short span of time,” said Prabhu.

(IANS)

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Monitoring BP Through a Smartphone Application is Possible Now, Check it Out Here!

However, the app still needs to be validated in a standard regulatory test

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Researchers have developed a novel blood pressure (BP) application that can give accurate readings using an iPhone, without requiring any special equipment.

Developed by the Michigan State University researchers, the new “iPhone X” app measures BP via the ‘oscillometric finger pressing method’, or ‘peek and pop’ that enables users looking to open functions and apps with a simple push of their finger.

The user presses her fingertip on both the front camera and screen to increase the external pressure of the underlying artery, while the application measures the resulting variable-amplitude blood volume oscillations via the camera and applied pressure via the strain gauge array under the screen.

The application, featured in the journal Scientific Reports, also visually guides the fingertip placement and actuation and then computes BP from the measurements just like many automatic cuff devices.

When tested, along with a finger cuff device, against a standard cuff device, the app yield indicated that cuff-less and calibration-free BP monitoring may be feasible with many existing and forthcoming smartphones, the researchers said.

“By leveraging optical and force sensors already in smartphones for taking ‘selfies’ and employing ‘peek and pop’, we’ve invented a practical tool to keep tabs on blood pressure,” said lead author Ramakrishna Mukkamala, Professor at MSU.

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“Such ubiquitous blood pressure monitoring may improve hypertension awareness and control rates, and thereby help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and mortality,” he added.

If things keep moving along at the current pace, an app could be available in late 2019, Mukkamala said.

However, the app still needs to be validated in a standard regulatory test.

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“But because no additional hardware is needed, we believe that the app could reach the society faster,” he noted.

While high blood pressure is treatable with lifestyle changes and medication, only around 20 per cent of people with hypertension have their condition under control. This invention gives patients a convenient option and keeping a log of daily measurements would produce an accurate average. (IANS)

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