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Walkie-Talkie App Allows Communication After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Sara Rice, Social Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Walkie-Talkie technology has gotten an upgrade for the smartphone era and is showing how technology can help solve problems. In the wake of two major hurricanes that have hit the United States, rescuers and evacuees are turning to Zello, a communication app that has Walkie-Talkie functionality.

The Zello app has been around since 2011 and boasts 100 million users worldwide, with many new downloads coming from people in Florida and Puerto Rico as they prepared for Hurricane Irma. The app was also used by volunteers who went to Houston to aid in recovery efforts there. Zello helps coordinate rescues and is a way for people in these affected areas to reach out to others.

The app works when Wifi or cellular data is available and can be used on a wide number of platforms, such as iOS, Android and Windows. Users can talk one-on-one or start group chats, and can also join public channels.

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