West Chester, Ohio - Escort joined the social-network program today with its introduction of Escort Live real-time notification network.
Billed as "the ultimate real-time ticket protection network," Escort Live enables drivers to share live alerts with other drivers about speed cameras, speed traps and speed-limit info.
The company's SmartCord Live uses Bluetooth and a smartphone app to transmit alerts from the radar detector to the Cloud. These alerts are then broadcast across the Escort Live network. Drivers also are notified of alerts with Escort's Defender database.
To enter an alert into the system, users can swipe the screen of their phone or tap a button on the SmartCord.
According to Ron Gividen, communications manager at Escort, the alerts are not verified but are instead time sensitive. After 30 minutes, an alert will turn from red to orange; after another 30 minutes, the alert will yellow, and it will disappear after the next 30 minutes.
Users have the option to filter the types of alerts they wish to receive.
Alerts are displayed with band, signal strength and frequency. Previously recorded alerts are indicated by an "approaching live alert" message with directional location arrow and distance-to-arrive to the alert source, it added.
Gividen said that unlike the Defender database, users will no longer have to sit through software updates. This will all be done automatically since the data is in the Cloud.
The Escort Live service and SmartCord device can be used with both iPhones and Android smartphones. Current Escort owners with compatible radar detectors can purchase the SmartCord Live power cord, app and Escort Live subscription through 2012 for a special introductory price of $79.95. This price will last until the end of this year, and a one-year subscription to the service will cost $39.95 beginning in January 2012.