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Software in Action: Rogue Amoeba Saves Lives!

James D. emailed to share a great set-up using Airfoil, Audio Hijack Pro, and Nicecast.

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Just wanted to send you guys this diagram showing how I am using your fantastic software products. Many members of my fire department work outside the range of our radio pagers but have an email capable phone which can play mp3 files. This setup allows me notify firefighters in near realtime of an incoming fire call. Once notified they can respond or switch over to the live stream and hear what is happening on the fire ground.

Thanks again for the great software.

As you can see, James is using Audio Hijack Pro to automatically record fire calls and email them out to other firefighters. As well, he’s sending the scanner stream throughout his house with Airfoil, and across the web with Nicecast. Awesome!

James, thanks for sharing – we’re glad our software can help the fire department!

Are you using our products in an interesting or obscure way? Let us know!

3 Responses to “Software in Action: Rogue Amoeba Saves Lives!”

  1. Pyrofallotu says:

    Ran a similar setup for the FD I worked for except I used only one scanner and used a software based solution called TwoToneDetect for listening to proper tones and emailing them out in mp3 format. It was able to handle multiple different tone sets and send the mp3 to certain recipients based on the tones, for instance if your FD uses different tones for different districts or types of calls.

    The scanner was streaming to the web via Nicecast, to RadioReference to be exact, but was also connected to the TwoToneDetect VM running the detection software. The stream provided not only FD, but also EMS and PD. Using priority trunking and the ability of the newer XT series Uniden scanners to detect talkgroup priorities in subaudible data on the voice channels, even if the scanner was on another talkgroup, it would instantly switch over to the FD Dispatch talkgroup if any radio or dispatch keyed up, ensuring that no tones would be missed due to the scanner being on another talkgroup when the tones drop.

  2. Pyrofallout says:

    Also used PushMail app for iPhone to get the notifications to go through instantly, which alleviates the need of a push email service already being on the phone.

  3. James D says:

    Pyrofallout: I originally looked at TwoToneDetect before I purchased the tone out capable scanners. I finally decided that leaving windows out of the mix was my best option. I would love to see RogueAmoeba write an app like TwoToneDetect with built in email capability because I have had requests from surrounding departments to notify them as well but can’t with my current setup.

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