Zello in the News

2017

This Walkie-Talkie App is Helping People Get Up-to-Date Information About Loved Ones in Puerto Rico

September 22, 2017 - With Hurricane Maria knocking out 100 percent of electricity and 95 percent of wireless cell sites in Puerto Rico, communicating with those on the island has proven difficult. The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington DC has encouraged people to call its hotline at 202-778-0710 to learn about their loved ones. But with so many struggling to connect to those on the island, the hotline is overwhelmed and people cannot get through. As anxiety builds for those who have yet to hear from their family and friends, people are looking for other ways to get information, including using the Zello app. (Full Story)

When Disaster Hits and Landlines Fail, Social Media Is a Lifeline

September 23, 2017 - Since Hurricane Maria lashed Puerto Rico this week, Carol Mitchell has not heard a word from her mother. Ms. Mitchell, who is in Tampa, Fla., said her mother lives in Utuado, a mountainous Puerto Rican municipality where there have been reports of fatal landslides. Unable to reach the area directly — power is out across the island, and communication is severely constrained — Ms. Mitchell is using phone messaging apps like Zello and WhatsApp to reach people in San Juan, the capital. (Full Story)

I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy.

September 11, 2017 - After watching nonstop coverage of the hurricane and the incredible rescues that were taking place, I got in bed at 10:30 on Tuesday night. I had been glued to the TV for days. Every time I would change the channel in an attempt to get my mind on something else for a few minutes, I was drawn right back in. I finally turned off the TV and picked up my phone to do a quick check of email and Facebook. I read an article about the Cajun Navy and the thousands of selfless volunteers who have shown up to this city en masse. The article explained they were using a walkie-talkie-type app called Zello to communicate with each other, locate victims, get directions, etc. I downloaded the app, found the Cajun Navy channel and started listening. (Full Story)

As Hurricane Irma Hits, People Turn to Zello App

September 11, 2017 - As Hurricane Irma rages through Florida, people are relying on the free walkie talkie app Zello to stay connected. The app, an alternative to texting that lets you have public and private conversations via Wi-Fi or cellular data, raked in one million new users every day since last Monday, Zello CEO Bill Morris told Recode. During that time, Zello has shot to the top of Apple's US App Store, where it is now the top free app. (Full Story)

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Struck, This App Hit the Top of the Charts. Here's What Its CEO Has Learned.

September 11, 2017 - In the wake of a historic and deadly hurricane season, an app called Zello Walkie Talkie has become the communication tool of choice for both people working to help in cleanup and first responder efforts, such as the Cajun Navy in Houston, and those affected and displaced by these storms. And during the height of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it shot to the top of the Android and iTunes app stores. (Full Story)

ZELLO: A REVOLUTIONARY TOOL

September 13, 2017 - Among photographers, it is often said that the best camera is the one you have with you at the time. As it turns out, the best available two-way radio might be the one you can install on your smartphone. In aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, volunteer rescue organizations mobilized to aid fellow citizens. The Cajun Navy, a volunteer group comprised of private boat owners, formed in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “If you need rescue or want to help rescue, the best source of communication at this time is the Zello walkie talkie app,” read their Facebook page. “There are many more organizations on the ground helping in the rescue efforts, and the majority are using this app to navigate to where the needs are.” The post continued with instructions to install the Zello app and use it to communicate directly with rescue groups, noting that, “Most volunteer groups do not have the manpower to man their Facebook page at this time.” (Full Story)

ZELLO IS THE TOP APP IN THE APP STORE DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA

September 10, 2017 - Zello, a walkie talkie app, is helping volunteer efforts for Hurricane Harvey in a very big way. The app is currently being downloaded by millions as Hurricane Irma gets closer to South Florida. But why is this app so helpful during such stressful times? Zello is an app that relies on Wi-Fi and cell services and works very much like a walkie talkie. It’s able to support a large number of people in dispersed locations from all over. Smartphone apps that are able to help coordinate responses and rescues will, of course, become crucial during times such as these. And Zello is just the main one being consumed at the moment. (Full Story)

This walkie talkie app got six million new users in one week as Florida prepared for Hurricane Irma

September 10, 2017 - “Is it safe to go to any Miami-Dade hospitals? It’s an emergency.” “Are there tornadoes in Miami?” “Where is the eye of the storm?” These are just some of the more pertinent questions that people are fielding on the walkie-talkie app Zello. The app, which was founded in 2012, is serving as the de facto source of real-time updates, as well as access to emergency information, as Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida. (Full Story)

As Hurricane Irma Devastates, Walkie Talkie App Zello Adds 6 Million Users In A Week

September 9, 2017 - The walkie talkie app Zello, which played a major role in volunteer efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, is being downloaded by millions as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida. Zello is used almost exactly like a walkie talkie, except it relies on wifi and cell service, so it can support big groups of people in dispersed locations. When Harvey caused widespread devastation in and around Houston, volunteers leaned on Zello to coordinate search and rescue efforts. And people in the path of Irma seem to believe they can put the app to similar uses in this storm too. (Full Story)

Zello tops US app store as the walkie-talkie for hurricane volunteers

September 10, 2017 - With Hurricane Irma hitting Florida’s southern islands as a category four storm, and more than 6.3 million being told to evacuate Florida, being able to stay in contact with the outside world is a high priority. As a result, smartphone apps which can help coordinate rescues and responses have become crucial to efforts. The main one that’s being talked about — and downloaded at a prodigious rate — is Zello, a walkie-talkie app which was originally launched in Russia in 2007 under the name LoudTalks (but since moved to Austin, Texas in 2011) and now boasts 100 million users around the world. After being featured in a Houston Chronicle story about the “Cajun Navy” of volunteers who have been using the app to coordinate their efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the app hit the top of the US app store. (Full Story)

Hurricane Irma pushed two lesser-known apps to the top of the App Store

September 7, 2017 - Two of the most popular apps in the country right now owe their current popularity to an unlikely cause: hurricanes. The extreme situation faced by people affected by Hurricane Harvey and, now, Irma is causing some lesser-known apps to rise to the top of the App Store. ()

How an App You've Probably Never Heard of Helped Save Houston--and Could Help Florida Next

September 8, 2017 - As Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented rainfall pummeled Houston and people whose homes had never flooded watched the water rise to their countertops and beyond, the number who needed rescuing far exceeded the number of official first responders. Cue the civilian heroes who climbed in their flats-fishing boats and jacked-up pickups and swarmed out over the city's suddenly Venice-like web of waterways, to move countless trapped families and pets to higher ground. On TV, it looked as if the rescuers were simply roaming the city looking for people in distress, but in fact their efforts were highly coordinated, thanks in large part to a tiny, 6-year-old social-media company named Zello, which is based a couple hours away in Austin. Zello's app turns anyone's smartphone into a CB radio. Users can set up channels, as on Slack, and listen to real-time chatter. (Full Story)

Hurricane Irma boosts downloads of walkie-talkie app Zello

September 7, 2017 - The go-to app during rescue efforts in Houston following Hurricane Harvey is rising in popularity as Hurricane Irma speeds toward Florida. Zello, a walkie-talkie app where users can push a button to talk to any one through a cellular or Wi-Fi connection, is the most popular free app on both Android and iOS app stores. According to mobile app research firm App Annie, Zello moved to the top spot on Apple's store Tuesday, then reached the top of Google Play on Wednesday. (Full Story)

Walkie talkie app Zello tops iTunes chart during Hurricane Irma – but started life in Russia back in 2007

September 7, 2017 - More than 1 million people downloaded walkie-talkie app Zello in just a day as Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean, and it's now topped Apple's app store chart in the U.S. People are using it to talk to each other during Hurricane Irma, which is currently heading away from Puerto Rico towards the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It's beating YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat right now in the chart, and reached 100 million users in February. (Full Story)

Free walkie-talkie app tops App Store charts ahead of Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017 - With the Category 5 Hurricane Irma, now one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, on its way toward the Caribbean and possibly the southeastern tip of the US, a little-known walkie-talkie app has shot to the top of Apple’s App Store. The free app, called Zello Walkie Talkie, lets your phone communicate as a two-way radio so long as you have a network or Wi-Fi connection. What makes it useful is that it allows immediate voice communication to others in a shared channel, as opposed to having to place a phone call and hope someone on the other end picks up. The ad-free service can also be used to send texts and photos. (Full Story)

Zello Walkie Talkie App Connects Hurricane Victims To Rescuers

September 5, 2017 - As the states of Texas and Louisiana work to recover from last week's Hurricane Harvey, Florida is bracing itself for a potentially catastrophic storm called Hurricane Irma. Irma is currently a Category 5 storm headed for several Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico. During the Harvey a number of people signed up for an app called Zello that can transform a regular cell phone into a walkie talkie. The free app is available on both the App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Androids. It works over cellular data or Wi-Fi and allows users to send photos, video and offers walkie talkie chatting with audio. (Full Story)

An Austin-made app proved crucial to Harvey rescuers

September 1, 2017 - An app that provided a crucial communication link between citizen rescuers and Houston residents stranded by rising floodwaters is made by a little-known Austin company called Zello. Zello’s smartphone app essentially acts like a walkie talkie, allowing users to send voice messages in real time to anyone listening to a channel. During the flooding this week from Harvey, channels earmarked “Texas Search and Rescue,” or “Cajun Navy SE” became popular with boat owners who used the app to find people in need of rescue. (Full Story)

The ‘Cajun Navy’s’ secret weapon for saving lives: The human voice

September 2, 2017 - For so much of our moment-to-moment communication, texting fits the bill. Quick and convenient, tapping out a few words with your thumbs cuts through the pleasantries that can bog down voice communication. But there are times when a single word — especially one uttered with emotion — can deliver far more information than a text. For example: An elderly victim screaming “help” as the waters rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. (Full Story)

From Cajun Navy to Houston midwives, Zello is go-to app for Harvey rescues

August 31, 2017 - As rescue efforts continue in and around Houston following Hurricane Harvey, one communications app is proving to be a lifesaver. Zello is basically a walkie talkie in your pocket. Users push and hold a button to talk immediately with others on radio-style channels. As rescuers and storm victims seek assistance during the aftermath of Harvey, Zello is among the go-to tech tools. Zello has seen 20 times as many new users in Houston on the app compared to the previous week. (Full Story)

Rescue crews are using Zello, an app that lets people turn their smartphones into virtual walkie-talkies. In the days ahead, these types of apps and various tools could help save lives. CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to offer practical tips for those in the hurricane's path.

September 9, 2017 - Rescue crews are using Zello, an app that lets people turn their smartphones into virtual walkie-talkies. In the days ahead, these types of apps and various tools could help save lives. CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to offer practical tips for those in the hurricane's path. ()

Hurricane Harvey: Social media and mobile tech come to the rescue in Texas

August 31, 2017 - I’ve written my share of columns about social media, including stories about bullying, harassment, misogyny and other problems. But today’s column is decidedly positive. Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and mobile technology have, literally, been lifelines for victims of Hurricane and tropical storm Harvey. (Full Story)

Crystal River man steps into rescue role

August 30, 2017 - James Creel, 27, isn’t one to sit around when someone is in need. Late last week, the Crystal River native had been in Louisiana working on a job site for his employer, CB&I, when he got news that the job was put on hold because of the weather — Hurricane Harvey. Instead of sitting around for a week, Creel put his wife, Amy, and their two young children on a flight back home to Florida on Friday, and early Saturday morning he and a coworker, Shannon Landry, towed Creel’s aluminum jon boat to Houston two hours away. Using the Zello PTT (Push to Talk) Walkie Talkie app on their phones, Creel and Landry joined up with others in the “Cajun Navy” and started rescuing people who were stranded by flood waters. (Full Story)

Port Arthur Faces Harvey Flooding Disaster: ‘Our Whole City Is Underwater’

August 30, 2017 - Even as the sun began to show in Houston on Wednesday, signaling a small measure of hope after days of devastating rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey, a region east of the city faced disaster anew after it was pummeled by rain overnight. Residents of cities in Jefferson County, Tex., about 100 miles east of Houston, were desperate for help Wednesday morning after rain there caused floodwaters to rise precipitously and lightning made things particularly difficult for those responding to the storm. Many, finding emergency services unresponsive, sought assistance on social media, where their calls were amplified by digital onlookers seeking to help from afar. (Full Story)

Zello app connects storm victims with rescuers

August 30, 2017 - It's not an overstatement to say that an app called Zello has saved lives over the last few days as Hurricane Harvey dumped feet of water on Texas. The app works like a walkie-talkie, using WiFi to provide users with a variety of channels for communication. There are specific channels, for example, for rescues in the cities of Port Arthur and Houston. There is a channel for people volunteering their boats and another for animal rescues. The channels are similar to CB radio channels, except users can create channels and name them for specific purposes. KTRK reporter Kaitlyn McCulley told me that journalists, police officers and volunteers are using Zello and another app called Glymse to stay on top of rescues. Glympse allows others to track your location. (Full Story)

Walkie-Talkie App Zello Proves Critical in Harvey Rescue Efforts

August 30, 2017 - An app that could best be described as a modern CB radio has proven to be an indispensable method of communicating during Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts. Called Zello, it’s kind of like a like a walkie-talkie on your phone, programmed to use a preexisting button on your device for push-to-talk. (Full Story)

Social Media Saved Harvey Victims In Texas — But That's Not Really A Plan

August 29, 2017 - Tuesday afternoon, with floodwaters rising in Houston and residents still stranded in their homes, hundreds of people turned to the walkie-talkie app Zello, which posts short voice messages in an ever growing feed, to coordinate help. One Zello group, Houston Harvey, posted hundreds of messages an hour. Among boat owners offering their services and drivers in need of a safe route out of town, much of the chatter focused on Heidi, a mother with an unspecified illness and two autistic sons, one of whom uses a wheelchair. (Full Story)

Technology Connects Volunteer Rescuers With Harvey Flood Victims

August 29, 2017 - Rising above the chaos of Harvey, an army of volunteers are flocking to the coast, with boats to save people stranded in their homes. And technology is connecting them with people who need help. (Full Story)

The apps helping Harvey rescuers connect with people in the chaos

August 30, 2017 - Besides record rainfall and devastation, Harvey also has the distinction of being one of the biggest natural disasters in the U.S where social media has played a key role. As emergency lines and first responders are being inundated with more calls than they can handle, Houston residents have taken to social media to organize volunteers, share the latest storm updates, and even call for rescues. (Full Story)

This one free app is helping saves the lives of Hurricane Harvey victims

August 30, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey rescue workers and victims are using one particular app to help them through the devastating floods. People are tuning into Zello, a free walkie-talkie-style app for smartphones. (Full Story)

Crowdsourced command centre co-ordinates rescue efforts in Houston

August 30, 2017 - Voodoo Daddy has got to be exhausted. Not sure who he is, or where he is, but you can hear how busy he is. It's a few minutes before Houston's midnight curfew sets in and someone with that handle is still talking rescues, reading off the names of streets and neighbourhoods in need of help. The conversations come in loud and clear thanks to an app called Zello, which turns a cellphone into a walkie talkie. (Full Story)

A three-day-old crowdsourcing website is helping volunteers save lives in hurricane-hit Houston

August 29, 2017 - On the night of Sunday, Aug. 28, Matthew Marchetti was one of thousands of Houstonians feeling powerless as their city drowned in tropical storm Harvey’s deluge. By Monday morning, the 27-year-old developer, sitting in his leaky office, had slapped together an online mapping tool to track stranded residents. A day later, nearly 5,000 people had registered to be rescued, and 2,700 of them were safe. (Full Story)

After Katrina wreaked havoc in Louisiana, they formed the Cajun Navy. Now they’re rescuing Texas

August 29, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey has already touched down in Texas and is continuing to do damage down there. Reports say that Harvey has produced over nine trillion gallons of rain—it is also being called a “500-year storm” by various news outlets for its sheer magnitude. In the midst of all the chaos in Houston, many human interest stories have emerged, some of them hopeful and some of them tragic. Anyone who has been paying attention has likely heard of the “Cajun Navy” coming to help out. (Full Story)

Social media's best qualities shine during Harvey response

August 29, 2017 - As the tragic events surrounding Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it's caused continues to unfold, one storyline that has emerged from the storm is how social media has proved to be a tool that's been used for good. This isn't to say that the verbal sludge that's helped drive a wedge in the nation thanks to social media completely disappeared and all our problems have been solved. But there's a constant theme shining on social media during this disaster: acts of kindness and helpfulness abound. (Full Story)

On Roads Turned Waterways, Volunteers Improvise to Save the Trapped and Desperate

August 29, 2017 - The men from East Texas had just boarded their boat here, when there was a sudden jarring bump underneath. “Fire hydrant,” explained Cody Cullum, 33, with a weary shrug. The men were riding down an urban sea off Beltway 8, in the dark. It was long after midnight on Tuesday in this residential section on the outskirts of Houston, and under the surface of floodwaters the color of coffee and cream lay the now invisible hallmarks of city life — gutters, sidewalks, front steps and mailboxes. In parts, the waterline left a visible sliver of the tops of abandoned cars and almost reached the bottom edge of stop signs. The volunteer rescue boat and many others like it are a sign of how the response to one of the worst disasters in decades in Texas has been, in many ways, improvised. Recreational vehicles — airboats, Jet Skis, motorized fishing boats — have rushed to the aid of people trapped in their homes, steered by welders, roofers, mechanics and fishermen wearing shorts, headlamps and ponchos. The working class, in large part, is being saved by the working class. (Full Story)

Houston residents and civilians turn to Zello app to coordinate rescue efforts

August 29, 2017 - As Houston residents battle extreme flooding, some are turning to a bootstrapped startup to help communicate and coordinate rescue efforts. Zello, a walkie-talkie app, has seen a 20-fold increase in usage in the past week, according to Bill Moore, the company’s chief executive. The app typically picks up in usage during natural disasters and has found particular use this time among the Cajun Navy, a group of civilians who have been using their own boats to rescue residents. The app has also seen double the number of daily active users, with a baseline of eight million monthly active unique users and 100 million registered users. (Full Story)

Volunteer 'Cajun Navy' is saving lives in Houston amid Harvey's torrential rains

August 28, 2017 - As the full scope of Hurricane Harvey's devastation continues to come into focus, a group of volunteer rescue crews, who call themselves the "Cajun Navy," has risen to the occasion, responding to calls for help from victims of the unprecedented flooding in southeastern Texas. The Cajun Navy refers to the network of volunteers with their own boats who have convened in Houston, Texas, to assist in the rescue efforts. The group of good Samaritans are also using technology -- including Facebook and the app Zello -- to find and rescue those desperately in need of help. (Full Story )

Good Samaritans Rescue Fellow Citizens Amid Catastrophic Floods

August 27, 2017 - The citizens of Houston and nearby towns are showing amazing resilience in the face of catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Water has completely submerged homes, streets, and highways in the area and left locals stranded, waiting for help. Authorities used social media to communicate on Sunday that 911 services recieved over 56,000 calls, seven times their daily average. Responders were at capacity, urging people to call only if they were in “imminent danger.” So locals have banded together help their neighbors. (Full Story)

l ‘Cajun Navy’ races from Louisiana to Texas, using boats to pay it forward

August 28, 2017 - As soon as Jordy Bloodsworth saw the images of Texans wading through Hurricane Harvey’s gushing floodwaters, he borrowed his buddy’s brand new Chevy truck, hitched his 18-foot fishing boat to the back and took off from his home in Baton Rouge. Bloodsworth was just 12 years old when Hurricane Katrina dumped 14 feet of water on his family’s home as the storm surged over the levee. They lost every photo, every cent. What he gained, though, was a deep motivation to help his brethren in Texas during this week’s historic deluge. (Full Story)

'Cajun Navy' heads to Texas to aid Harvey rescues

August 28, 2017 - An informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft is once again mobilizing — this time in the wake of unprecedented flooding in Houston. Formed 12 years ago after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the so-called Cajun Navy, which has saved thousands of stranded people, by some estimates, is already helping rescue stranded Texans, one member said Sunday. (Full Story)

Stranded hurricane survivors use Zello app to get help

August 28, 2017 - "Elderly couple trapped on roof at this address." "We're three volunteers looking for anyone with boats that we can jump on and help, over." These are just two of the messages that came through the walkie-talkie app Zello in one minute on Monday. In communities ravaged by Harvey, floodwaters have left people stranded on rooftops, relying on rescue from volunteers and first responders. Smartphones are their lifelines. (Full Story )

Rural transit agency makes transition from LMR to push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) solution

August 3, 2017 - With these updates, SRTS bus drivers like the push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) system, Miller said.“At the moment, they’re pretty happy, because the coverage has been better, and the reliability actually has been pretty good,” he said. Meanwhile, the economic advantages of the PoC system are considerable. Miller, who used to work for Sioux City, said replacement radios for the 800 MHz trunked system typically cost between $800 to $1,200—several times more than the $199 vintage Samsung tablets that SRTS uses today. And the $4,300 annual cost for the Zello PTT application is a fraction of the $30,000 cost to rent tower space from RACOM, he said. (Full Story)

Regional Transit System Swaps Radio for Cellular Saving Thousands and Improving Services

July 27, 2017 - Siouxland Regional Transit System opts to switch from 800 MHz radio system to cellular network, mobile application ZelloWork and devices, dramatically reducing annual costs and increasing communications effectiveness across the board. (Full Story)

Armed robbery at iStore i’Langa

May 19, 2017 - One of the staff members who kept her phone hidden, reported the armed robbery on the zello channel. (Full Story)

Industry High Achievers Find New Ways To Excel

May 11, 2017 - 2017 LCT Operator of the Year 51+ Vehicles Category is Premier Transportation, Dallas, TX. • Premier uses Zello, a push-to-talk voice app that offers hands-free, real-time, radio-style communication among dispatch teams and chauffeurs. (Full Story)

Hot New Trends in Communications Products

May 8, 2017 - Every day, new messaging and management mobile apps appear in almost every business sector to fulfill specific needs, which then inspire end users to find devices that support them on networks with reliable connectivity. For many, these app technologies also make communicating more affordable, encouraging even more conversion and hardware purchases. (Full Story)

Pryme teams with Zello, others to provide accessories in fast-growing cellular PTT market

May 1, 2017 - A growing number of enterprises are replacing or augmenting land-mobile-radio (LMR) systems with Zello’s push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) offering combined with speaker microphones and other accessories from Pryme, according to officials from both companies. (Full Story)

Pryme and Zello Collaborate to Bring User-Friendly PTT Communications Over Smartphones to Law Enforcement

April 24, 2017 - Pryme Radio Products is now working with Zello, a cellular data walkie-talkie app developer, to transform the way that public safety professionals communicate. The Zello app can run on any smartphone over WiFi or over 4G networks to provide secure push-to-talk (PTT) communications. (Full Story)

This Sleek New Hotel Uses Technology to Maintain Order

April 24, 2017 - How a Seattle hotel introduced iPods, Zello, and earpieces for seamless staff communication and a better customer experience. (Full Story)

Russia blocks app used to organize protests

April 13, 2017 - Russia has banned the use on its territory of a smartphone app widely used like a walkie-talkie to organize demonstrations and other gatherings. (Full Story)

Russia blocks protest app for refusing to share data

April 13, 2017 - All 400,000 users in the country have been banned from Zello. (Full Story)

One of the World’s Top Protest Apps Was Just Blocked in Russia

April 12, 2017 - The government is denying more than 400,000 Russian users access to Zello, which has been used to coordinate protest actions in several countries. (Full Story)

Russia Blocks Walkie-Talkie App Zello As Truckers Strike

April 10, 2017 - Russia's media regulator announced plans on Monday to block Zello, a mobile push-to-talk app that Russia's long-haul truckers have used to organize protests in recent months—including to coordinate an ongoing three-week strike. (Full Story)

We’re not breaking the law, say lorry drivers

April 5, 2017 - Lorry drivers are frustrated that they have become the target of authorities smply for having the push-to-talk application Zello in their phones. (Full Story)

2016

Kidnapped doctor saved from hijackers

September 12, 2016 - The prompt reaction of neighbours and the Walkie-talkie Zello-app are the reasons that local dentist, dr. Rickes Putter’s life was saved in an attempted hijacking and kidnapping. (Full Story)

In Louisiana, Private Disaster Relief Outperforms the Government

August 22, 2016 - Thee recent flooding that hit Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012. So far we know that at least 13 are dead and tens of thousands were left homeless in the flooding. Even worse, most of those affected do not have flood insurance. Up to $21 billion worth of housing stock was wiped out by the deluge of rain. (Full Story)

How the "Cajun Navy" is Using Tech To Rescue Flood Victims in Louisiana

August 20, 2016 - Commercial apps are as good as what many professional first responders use. In the midst of one of the most severe (yet least-reported) natural disasters in recent history, a homegrown volunteer rescue squad known as the Cajun Navy is providing badly needed relief in flood-ravaged Louisiana. And to coordinate their efforts, they’re using consumer communication tech in ways that professional first responders could take notes from. (Full Story)

'Cajun Navy' Organizes Rescue Efforts in Louisiana Floods

August 17, 2016 - A collection of Louisiana residents equipped with smartphone apps and personal watercrafts have built an auxiliary force to help local law enforcement perform recovery and supply runs to neighbors in need amid historic floods. (Full Story)

Federal Agency Adds Wireless PTT Over Cellular to its Communications Suite

August 10, 2016 - Allen Hunter, an agent with a Federal Police Department, found a solution. He happened upon a new application by Zello that worked with his iPhone and allowed instant voice messaging. To optimize the app, Officer Hunter chose a wireless Bluetooth headset with built-in PTT button by Pryme for enhanced audio and quick access. (Full Story)

New app to curb crime, Ballito

July 16, 2016 - Keane Roberts, a Salt Rock resident, has tried to develop ways to best reduce the crime rate in Ballito and establish convenient emergency platforms. The 22-year-old Roberts is trying to get the public aware of an app called Zello, where he has created an emergency channel for Ballito and surrounding areas. Zello works as a two-way radio and enables live and immediate communication. (Full Story)

Wireless Communication System Helps Trailer Manufacturer Improve Assembly Plant Efficiency

June 5, 2016 - Instant, reliable communication amongst plant managers is essential for them to coordinate and optimize their facility’s productivity and efficiency. Even a slight delay in relaying information can prevent a company from achieving these goals, especially if the delay results in unplanned downtime for equipment retooling or maintenance. (Full Story)

3 New Trends and 1 Long-Standing Tradition Predicted for 2016 and Beyond

April 27, 2016 - The IWCE 2016 Conference proved that the convergence trend and evolution toward network-based wireless communications, which Dave George predicted last year, was indeed becoming a reality. “At the end of the day, it’s really about the network, not the technology,” George said in a recent interview with RCR Wireless. (Full Story)

Zello: The Walkie Talkie App to Rule Them All

April 8, 2016 - Let’s talk about walkie-talkies. They are the tool of choice for construction workers, truckers, and law enforcement, among other professions. The audio quality is low, but you can stay in contact with someone over the course of many hours, sharing information in real time necessary to get the job done. That being said, it doesn’t make sense for most people to carry around another gizmo if they already have a smartphone in their pocket. (Full Story)

Zello creates hands-free communications alternative

March 10, 2016 - Zello’s push-to-talk app essentially turns smart devices into walkie-talkies. Hotels are benefiting from adding secure PTT voice messaging to its existing communication infrastructure, be it mobile computer, land mobile radio, smart phone, iPod Touch or tablet. Zello’s cross-platform app allows users to stay connected, even in dead zones, and provides a quicker way to contact a home base, other team members or the dispatch center. (Full Story)

Zello PTT App Makes Instant Voice Communications Even More Effective by Capitalizing on Wireless Bluetooth Audio Accessories

February 1, 2016 - Just over three years ago, a young technology company launched a new push-to-talk (PTT) application in the U.S that essentially turned smart devices into walkie-talkies, all managed by a computer browser. At the time, the concept of using software apps to enhance voice communications was just beginning to emerge. But, as carriers and networks advanced to where WiFi and data were accessible almost everywhere, the option to connect via app naturally materialized. Consumers were the first to adopt this innovative application and today, Zello serves over 90 million registered users around the globe. (Full Story)

The uber-loneliness of the sharing economy driver

February 4, 2016 - Bill Moore’s walkie-talkie app Zello has mostly been used for people struggling against repressive regimes in places like Egypt, Turkey and Bahrain. In South Africa, communities use it as a 911 system. During anti-government protests in Venezuela, activists turned to Zello. (Full Story)

Uber Drivers and Others in the Gig Economy Take a Stand

February 3, 2016 - Zello is being used by Uber drivers as a platform to communicate, band together, and to protest low fares. (Full Story)

2015

Police Radios Transition into a New Era

November 17, 2015 - Law enforcement communications tools now offer a variety of ways for officers to maintain contact both within and without their agencies.The convergence of portable land mobile radios and Smartphones works both ways. There are apps that add PTT capabilities to smartphones, essentially converting the cellular devices into land mobile radio handsets. (Full Story)

These Android Apps Make Ringing Smartphones Exciting Again

July 30, 2015 - If group communication is more important than one-on-one calls, then PTT - or push-to-talk - applications will best suit your needs. Zello is among the more popular choices among both casual and business users. (Full Story)

Media in Conflict: The Case of Zello

August 7, 2015 - Often, in situations of conflict or war, the media is fueled by rumors. Conflicting political parties or others who have control of the media can pursue specific political agendas, regardless of the veracity of their information. The battle to inform the community can lead to an overload of information. This surplus of news, both wrong and right, can taint the perception of mainstream media.Zello, a free push-to-talk application for smartphones, tablets, and PCs, has helped journalists to build back a trust in the media (Full Story)

Trimble integrates Zello push-to-talk app into construction-logistics software suite

July 21, 2015 - Trimble yesterday announced that its TrimFleet 6.5 software suite integrates with push-to-talk application Zello for Work to provide customers with a “voice-over-IP radio replacement” for construction logistics... (Full Story)

Trimble Teams with Zello to Deliver Improved Communications in its TrimFleet Suite for Construction Material Producers

July 20, 2015 - Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today an updated version of Trimble® TrimFleet™ Suite for construction material producers. TrimFleet 6.5 integrates with Zello, a push-to-talk (PTT) application, for TrimFleet Communicator... (Full Story)

Daghestani IS 'Media Activist' Catches Eye Of Berlin Police

May 29, 2015 - As a popular social platform, Zello channels are used by groups around the world to proliferate information. Most of the time, it's for a good cause, but in rare cases it can be used for spreading misinformation... (Full Story)

4 Decisive Communication Technology Trends For 2015

May 18, 2015 - Dave George, President of Pryme Radio Products and a Wireless World “Top 100 Wireless Technology Expert,” unveils his annual public safety communication trends forecast & new products, including Zello... (Full Story)

Zello Channel Brings Aid to Flood Victims

April 27, 2015 - Zello users in Astana, Kazakhstan help their neighbors by using a channel to coordinate and collect donations of food, clothing, and other necessities for flood victims... (Full Story)

Zello@Work : A Voice App for Faster Hotel Communications

March 11, 2015 - Zello@Work is a new app that can improve hotel communications while reducing operating costs. Today, Zello@Work is used by properties from global chains including Starwood, Wyndham, Hilton, Hyatt, and Intercontinental... (Full Story)

Zello is a Must-have App for Apple Watch

March 9, 2015 - Zello will be available for the Apple Watch. See a sneak peek here... (Full Story)

Zello - A New Option for using Cell Phones in Vehicles

March 1, 2015 - Zello complies with laws regulating the use of cell phones while driving. See how you can use Zello this way... (Full Story)

Kazakhstan Channel keeps Drivers Informed about Traffic

January 10, 2015 - Drivers in Kazakhstan use a popular Zello traffic channel to keep each other informed about traffic conditions... (Full Story)

Zello Helps Thwart Robbers in South Africa

February 11, 2015 - Zello channel "Witbank 911" is a neighborhood watch group. Users of the channel helped alert neighbors about a robbery in progress... (Full Story)

Zello PTT Walkie-Talkie app would help you make calls even without a SIM!

January 18, 2015 - Making calls with Zello on Android has several advantages... (Full Story)

2014

Hadeel Assali: ‘Most People Would Never See This Side of Gaza Society; Only a Family Member Could’

October 6, 2014 - How a single desperate Zello transmission during the Gaza conflict of 2014 inspired a Columbia PhD candidate to make a documenary about how it was affecting her family back in Gaza. (Full Story)

Q&A: Zello, app used by pro-Russians in Ukraine

August 30, 2014 - Zello is a free application which turns handheld devices and PCs into push-to-talk two-way radios of the kind normally used by public safety services. "Zello is about voice communication without calls, instant messaging without typing," says the company's website, Zello.com... (Full Story)

Why do separatists use internet radio Zello?

May 20, 2014 - Alex Gavrilov’s interview with Voice of America (Ukraine) about Zello’s role in the Ukainian separatist movement… (Full Story)

Revolutionaries around the world add new social media networks to tech toolkit

March 13, 2014 - Judy Woodruff interviews Slate Magazine’s Hari Sreenivasan over Zello’s role in organizing protest. (Full transcript and video)

Global revolutions helped by technology

March 3, 2014 - Zello CEO, Bill Moore, talks with Varney & Company host Charles Payne about his company’s app, which turns phones into walkie-talkies… (Link to video)

Protesters in Venezuela, Ukraine turn to peer-to-peer messaging app

February 24, 2014 - Zello allows smartphone users to send short voice messages from person to person or to a limited group of people. Some Ukrainians and Venezuelans have been using the app to organize their protests. Broadcasting a message to the world on social networks like Twitter is not always ideal for many people in chaotic situations. Apps like Zello and WhatsApp facilitate private, peer-to-peer digital messaging… (Full Story)

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground

February 22, 2014 - SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) -- The battle for Venezuela is being fought as vigorously online as in the streets, with Internet service cut off to a strife-torn university city and the government blocking selected websites and a "walkie-talkie" service widely used by protesters… (Full Story)

Twitter, Other Apps Disrupted in Venezuela Amid Protests

February 21, 2014 - Article about government blocks on social media apps, including Zello, making communications difficult for protesters during the Venezuelan uprising, and how the blocks were circumvented… (Full Story)

Zello App Gains Popularity With World's Protesters

March 5, 2014 - Linda Wertheimer talks to Patrick Tucker, the technology editor for Defense One, about Zello — a walkie-talkie app. That app is becoming a key tool for protesters in Ukraine and Venezuela… (Full story and audio)

Zello: An app for protesters

February 24, 2014 - Technology has been a huge factor in some of the big protest movements over the past couple of years -- think Twitter and Instagram in Tunisia, Iran, and Egypt, or Facebook in Brazil. A new app joined the pack this week in Venezuela, where protests have gotten serious: Zello… (Full story and audio)

Venezuelans, at home and abroad, have to jump through hoops to stay connected as protests continue

February 27, 2014 - In Venezuela, one of the more popular downloads right now is Zello, a walkie-talkie smartphone app created in Austin, Texas. It lets users create public or, password-protected, private groups and talk without revealing their location or identity — an important feature for anti-government protesters. The app’s popularity shot up in Turkey, Egypt and, most recently, Ukraine, during the unrest there… (Full story and audio)

Venezuela an online battleground for Canadians backing protests

March 27, 2014 - The big three, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, all have been flooded with pictures and video documenting the conflict in Venezuela, but one app has been in the forefront of the action. Zello, a walkie-talkie app developed in Austin, Texas, permits anonymous live public or private conversations with a group of people, allowing protesters to quickly communicate with each other. It has been one of the leading tools for protesters against National Guard crackdowns. The CEO of Zello, Bill Moore, says there are more than a million registered users in Venezuela, emphasizing the importance of the app’s role as a communication tool used for good… (Full Story)

Venezuela sends troops to violence-hit state

February 22, 2014 - The conflict between Venezuela’s socialist government and market-driven opposition has spilled into the world of media, with the press credentials of four CNN journalists revoked on Friday over coverage of protests. Maduro had accusing the broadcaster of waging a "propaganda war". The Colombian TV station NTN24 was taken off the air last week after it broadcast video of a student shot in the head in Caracas. Zello, a "walkie-talkie" style smart-phone app often used by activists to organise protests, has been blocked, a spokesperson for the US-based firm told Associated Press… (Full Story)

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela

February 21, 2014 - On Thursday night, the U.S. company Zello told The Associated Press that Venezuela's state-run telecoms company, CANTV, had blocked access to the push-to-talk "walkie-talkie" app for smartphones and computers that has been a hugely popular organizing tool for protesters from Egypt to Ukraine. Zello supports up to 600 users on a single channel, and company CEO Bill Moore said it became the No. 1 app in Ukraine on Thursday for both the iOS and Android operating systems. In just one day this week, Zello reported more than 150,000 downloads in Venezuela… (Full Story)

Communications During An Uprising: From Zello To Walkie-Talkies In Venezuela And Ukraine

March 17, 2014 - A protester, bloodied by a blow from a policeman's club, needs to communicate to an organizer that the authorities have begun using force. A few blocks away, the organizer wipes tear gas from his eyes and wants to signal to his group to fall back. Rather than using shouts or even traditional walkie-talkies, both pull out their smartphones… (Full Story)

This app is fueling the uprising in Venezuela

February 24, 2014 - Entrepreneur Bill Moore was in his Austin, Texas, office last Thursday, watching explosive growth for his company’s walkie-talkie app, Zello, inside Venezuela. Zello had become the favorite app of protest organizers there after recently hitting the mark as the most popular app in the Ukraine. Over the past few days in Venezuela, the protests ballooned following rapidly rising food prices, controversy over President Nicolas Maduro’s economic policies, public dissatisfaction over crime and multiple other factors. Moore was finding that in Venezuela that popularity had a price… (Full Story)

Austin app company helping fuel protests around the globe

February 27, 2014 - Tucked in a nondescript office along Austin’s West Sixth Street, mobile app maker Zello could hardly be a less conspicuous startup. It’s a little software technology company” said CEO Bill Moore, whose company employs about a dozen people in Austin. But the tiny company is suddenly a big player on the international political stage thanks to its smartphone app, which has become a go-to product for protesters in political uprisings in Ukraine, Venezuela… (Full Story)

Austin company updating app for blocked Venezuelans

February 22, 2014 - “…One way protestors had been keeping in touch with each other was an app called Zello. It acts like a two-way radio. It’s the product of an Austin startup. The Venezuelan government has blocked it’s use in the country. Zello’s CEO Bill Moore said they’re about to issue a counter-punch for the protestors…" (Full story and video)

Austin app creator targeted by Venezuelan government

February 24, 2014 - Zello CEO Bill Moore describes his creation as a walkie-talkie on your phone. Up to 600 people can be active on a channel at one time. It's become a critical tool of organizers in countries of unrest. "Last Thursday use dropped and we started seeing from our Twitter feed people complaining they couldn't use Zello and very quickly the help of the community we discovered largest ISP owned by the government, CANTV, in Venezuela had blocked access to Zello," said Moore. Within 24 hours Zello staff was able to create a new version allowing users to get around the block. Moore says it was a satisfying moment… (Full transcript and video)

Protestor Tech: Apps In The Hands Of Revolutionaries

February 25, 2014 - The modern-day protester and revolutionary needs more than just a helmet, throwing-stones and heart filled with righteous passion. These days technology offers invaluable tools to those speaking out against oppressive regimes… (Full Story)