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Chicago company creates app that's saving lives

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

What price would you pay for safety?

It's a hard number to come up with, but for the Chicago-based company lifeline response, the answer is $9.99 per year.

It's the price they're charging for peace of mind. It's the price they're charging for the future.

Peter Cahill is the founder and CEO of Lifeline Response. He was inspired to create a safety app after his two nieces were the subjects of an attempted abduction.

The concept is simple - the app uses the idea of the “dead man's switch” – if you find yourself feeling unsafe, press your thumb to the screen.

If you lift your thumb, you have 20 seconds to input your own personal four-digit code – and if you don't – the authorities are alerted and your phone's GPS location is transmitted to them.

The app has saved five people already, and is available to all -- but Cahill is looking to the future.

He's bringing in the drones.

If an area wants to take the app a step further, Cahill is offering the drone system.

However, these models are just proof of concepts – the real deal will use military grade drones.

The company has a published patent on this technology -- once installed in your local hospital or college campus, a drone would deploy at 60 miles per hour to your GPS location of distress and record what's going on.

And while there are very regulations on drone flights right now, Cahill says their usage within this app doesn't break any rules the FAA has set – and they've secured an FAA lawyer to make sure.

The first municipality to use the drones will begin employing them in 30 to 90 days, though Cahill wouldn't reveal who or where it will be. Thirty more requests for the drones have already come in.

And as he waits for the big scale ideas of the app to spread their wings, it's every day usage – keeping is good enough for now.

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