Thomas Senf


Mountain Rescue 2.0 with the Uepaa! App

Uepaa! ( is launching their revolutionary app for lovers of the outdoors and professional rescue teams. As of 5th of July the mountain rescue app will be available in Google Play ( and in the Apple App Store ( for Switzerland.

The weekend following the hidden placement of the App, it rocketed to No.2 in the Swiss App Store and is now trailing What’s App. The app even works when there is no mobile network coverage available, all thanks to peer 2 peer technology developed by ETH Zürich.

The startup Uepaa has developed a security service for people who spend their leisure time outdoors and are keen mountaineers. After a year of development, extensive testing, even more coffee and a helicopter flight search, the app is now available.

With the Uepaa! app anyone can immediately benefit from being directly connected to Uepaa!’s 24/7 emergency call center. If you don’t have mobile network coverage, the alarm will search its way through to other smart phones in the area. This is made possible by what is known as peer-to-peer technology, which connects the smart phones of all Uepaa users and rescue teams to an ad-hoc network. Thanks to the so-called “Grüezi”principle, Uepaa users share their hiking location automatically with other users. Thus both person and position information can come from areas without mobile network coverage. Uepaa! can then alert the professional rescue teams earlier and faster. The professional rescue teams use a similar app, allowing them to track the signal of injured or missing people (from the air and from the ground).

New features will follow in the autumn, such as automatic accident detection, buddy aid and remote tracking. These features will transform the smartphone into a guardian angel getting the user help when he or she is no longer capable of pressing the button.

Mammut is supporting Uepaa! ( with the commercialization of this exciting product.

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