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21 August 2019On the wave of the case of Simon Gautier, the young French hiker found dead in Cilento, Sunday 18 August after launching a sos on Friday 9, there is a boom in registrations for the App 'Where are U' of the European emergency number 112.

To signal the trend, an "encouraging news" in the margins of the 27-year-old tragedy is the Lombardy regional emergency-urgency agency. "In the last 2 days - reports the Areu - the applications have increased exponentially to the application that accurately localizes the position of the caller and sends it to the 112 station".

"Against a daily average that fluctuates between 600 and 800 downloads (in August the average is generally lower than the rest of the year) - reports the Areu - on 18 and 19 and 20 August the downloads were respectively 1.511, 12.080 and 18.966 and the trend is continuing like this ".

The data of today 21 August, updated at 9 am, is in fact 1,617 downloads and "at the end of the day we expect a number at least equal to yesterday".

Altogether "the total download / registration is equal to approximately 1 million. The average of downloads per day in 2018 was 602, that of 2019 of 1,167". "In anticipation of the 'longed-for' Aml (Advanced Mobile Location)", the Company underlines "the importance of having a tool that sends its position exactly".