FLORIDA, U.S. - A walkie talkie app called Zello recently shot to fame after it was extensively used in helping volunteer efforts for Hurricane Harvey that wrecked havoc in Texas.
The app, which was downloaded and used by millions of people during the natural disaster in Texas, has now become the top app, as it is being downloaded in huge numbers by people in South Florida, as Hurricane Irma wrecks havoc there.
The app that relies on Wi-Fi and cell services works a lot like a walkie talkie and is able to support a large number of people in dispersed locations.
The app can be used by Smartphone users to help coordinate responses and rescues and became crucial during times such as these.
Zello CEO, Bill Moore has said, “With the crush of new users and emergency situations, most of the Zello team is working long days either maintaining capacity or helping with customer support.”
Zello was first launched in Russia in 2007 as LoudTalks.
It currently has over 100 million users worldwide and is available in more than 20 different languages.
Since Monday, six million new registered users have joined the app leading the company to declare that it had to up the number of servers for the app ever since Hurricane Harvey.
The recent surge saw the app shooting to the top spot in the top free app section of the iOS App Store.
The app is available for several platforms, including Android, BlackBerry and iOS, and Windows Phone 8, Windows PCs and Land Mobile Radio.
According to a blog post by Founder and CEO/CTO Alexey Gavrilov, Zello “is not intended as a replacement for instructions from government emergency agencies or sanctioned rescue organizations. It is not a hurricane rescue tool and is only as useful as the people who use it, and as reliable as the data network available.”
The app’s popularity comes from the fact that it allows anywhere from two to a thousand users to communicate live with one another.
Further, users who have the app can either start their own channels, much like groups or can join one of the thousands of channels that already exist, or chat one-on-one.