January 21, 2010
Even in the age where services such as OnStar from General Motors can be used to call for help in the event of an automobile accident, seconds still matter when it comes to major trauma injuries. As part of an effort to save more lives by relaying critical information faster, Rave Mobile Safety and public safety officials from King County, Washington, in cooperation with automotive providers of telematics data such as OnStar, demonstrated how APIs are being used to stream information in real time to the call centers manned by emergency services personnel.
“Hello, who am I speaking with please? Is this LoveUrApi007, who’s attempting to register at my site?” Why can’t there be a little more trust on the web? Have you ever wished that you knew with a little more certainty that user registrations on your website were authentic? Especially with the amount of telemarketing calls that hit those of us that using land lines, it would be nice to add a little more authenticity to the use of phone numbers in today’s technology. Phoneify and its Phoneify API is are trying to help.
In this interview we talk with Thomas Howe, winner of the O'Reilly Media and StrikeIron ETel 2007 Mashup Contest with his application After Hours Doctor's Office. He developed this inventive and useful application on top of a variety of web service APIs including the StrikeIron SMS Pro API, the Amazon Mechanical Turk API and the Tellme service.