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Gordon Jones was on vacation with his family in Charleston, S.C., when the idea came to him.

Gordon Jones was inspired to create Guardian Watch after nine Charleston, S.C., firefighters died on duty.   Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Gordon Jones was inspired to create Guardian Watch after nine Charleston, S.C., firefighters died on duty.

Tragedy had struck a short distance away. A local furniture warehouse had caught fire and the building's roof collapsed, taking the lives of nine local firefighters.

It was the worst loss of life for American firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

Jones, who has an office on Stevens Creek Road in Augusta and has worked to get innovative medical companies and projects off the ground in countries the world over, thought he could help.

"So one of my thoughts was ... how can I use some of the things I'm doing to avert some of that?" Jones said.

It's taken more than three years, but in March he plans to launch his solution: Guardian Watch.

It's an application that will allow users to stream live video to 911 providers, being built with an eye toward Apple's iPhone and Google's Android cell phone platforms.

Guardian Watch, which would be free to download, will work like a 911 call with a kick.

A user who witnesses an incident, say a robbery or a car crash, can immediately begin streaming video to the Guardian Watch Web site. Using the phone's built-in GPS, the caller's location is plotted on an electronic map and the video of the scene can be accessed by dispatchers with a click. A text service allows dispatchers to send instructions to the caller on the screen. There is no need for the caller to text back because dispatchers would be able to hear them almost instantly through the video stream.

"Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a thousand pictures," Jones said.

Jones said the app will provide investigators with evidence of the scene, while authorities en route will be able to monitor the situation with their own electronic handheld devices.

In early February, Jones will travel to London to present his idea to the United Kingdom's Department of Security and Counterterrorism. His was one of 30 companies selected to present security solutions for the 2012 London Olympics.

Like any entrepreneur, Jones' idea isn't completely altruistic. He plans to make a buck for his hard work, and he intends to do that through advertising and fees to 911 providers.

Meanwhile, Jones said he is hoping Guardian Watch can help local neighborhood associations combat crime near their homes. Last week, he delivered a PowerPoint presentation to the Summerville Neighborhood Association at the Partridge Inn.

Jones and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Jones, a speech-language pathologist, became members of the association after several car break-ins in the parking lot of his wife's practice on Central Avenue.

Jones said his backers are mainly family and friends right now but he has a goal to be a source for new jobs in Augusta. He also hopes to cut into the city's crime rate.

"When I created this business model my orientation was all about engaging the public and serving," he said.

Fort Gordon cell phone research

Crime fighting isn't the only new use for cell phone applications being developed in Augusta.

At Fort Gordon, Lt. Col. Greg Motes is working to adapt civilian iPhones and Android-based phones for use by war fighters, according to Fort Gordon spokesman Buz Yarnell.

In article in the Jan. 24  edition of The Washington Times, Motes was credited with creating a "Physical Training Program" and the "Telehealth Mood Tracker," which helps measure a soldier's mental well-being.

These are currently available for download for soldiers on the Department of Defense's Application Storefront. Motes is teaching a training class on developing apps for Android phones at Fort Gordon.

Sources: Buz Yarnell, The Washington Times

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 02/03/11 - 10:59 pm
Cool. I gotta have one.

Cool. I gotta have one. drooool! ha ahha

mable8 02/04/11 - 07:28 am
Better yet, start

Better yet, start implementing crime PREVENTION measures instead. This app may help with investigations of incidents occuring, but certainly will not "combat" criminal activity.

nofrills 02/04/11 - 07:38 am
I want it, I want it and I

I want it, I want it and I want it.

Runner46 02/04/11 - 08:29 am
Attention criminals: You can

Attention criminals: You can now be a guaranteed news celebrity. A video of your criminal activity can now be fed directly to a 911 operator. Your crime could be seen on the 6 o'clock news! Don't expect a movie contract, however. You will most likely be incarcerated for some time.

bdouglas 02/04/11 - 08:58 am
Headline on the front page of

Headline on the front page of the site... "This ap fights crime". Really? "Ap"? Not quite, AC...

WW1949 02/04/11 - 09:45 am
Why critize this man. He is

Why critize this man. He is trying to help. A large part of the phones being sold today are smartphones that do everything.
They take wonderful video. As an iphone owner I can't imagine going back to a standard phone.

bettyboop 02/04/11 - 11:04 am
b...if thats all you

b...if thats all you got...get a life.

bdouglas 02/04/11 - 01:41 pm
@GuardianWatch: Issue had

@GuardianWatch: Issue had nothing to do with you or your application, just the improper spelling in the title that has since been corrected.

@bettyboop: Thanks for the tip. I have a life...and it started in school with a great education. One that has shown me how to spot spelling and grammatical errors like that one. Not to mention the couple in your one-liner response...

dani 02/04/11 - 06:33 pm
Is techfan using a different

Is techfan using a different name today. Noticed the nit-picking.

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