Help Setting Up Crowd Sourced Alerts

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Would someone please give me a quick education on which servers to use and how to use them to setup crowdsource alerts? I have done several searches and found nothing definitive. I am ready to be embarrassed by its simplicity but right now it is eluding me.
 

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Hi, here is what the website says

NOTE: Despite entering waze.com as a server address will show real-time police alerts directly from Waze, it violates Waze ToS and might be illegal in your country.
 
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Would someone please give me a quick education on which servers to use and how to use them to setup crowdsource alerts? I have done several searches and found nothing definitive. I am ready to be embarrassed by its simplicity but right now it is eluding me.
You can get crowd sourced alerts using Escort Live.
 

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You can get crowd sourced alerts using Escort Live.
Unfortunately the crowd sourced alerts from Escort Live are nowhere near as useful as those from platforms such as Waze.

The EL user base is too small to have any meaningful coverage in most areas, and not differentiating between stationary and moving Ka alerts litters the map with false reports. Also, I've found that there are a ridiculous number of false red light and speed camera alerts. I'm assuming these are user reports from people that don't know any better, but it's not clear why it's even possible to report them in states where they are illegal. Lastly, Escort Live has a habit of crashing before every holiday weekend and is rarely restored until the next business day.

The concept is good, but without a larger user base and with such a buggy app, the implementation leaves much to be desired.
 

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You can get crowd sourced alerts using Escort Live.

The concept is good, but without a larger user base and with such a buggy app, the implementation leaves much to be desired.

Yes, EL is pretty bad. There's a reason we are asking for open API calls. It's so 3rd party devs can actually make a good app. IMO, Escort should focus on their hardware and let 3rd parties deal with apps and integrating them across detector brands so it's actually useful.

I get that Escort is trying to make money by trying to use EL as a first a carrot and then a way to possibly hook users on their hardware later in a sort of Apple model but there just aren't enough detector users, let alone Escort users for that to actually work.

Create an open API and let 3rd parties do their magic since it's pretty obviously not Escorts strong point. You'll be continually surprised by community developed applications and they will only help sell your detectors. For many, the only reason they were still able to run a V1 for so many years was because of the apps created for it, not by VR but by 3rd parties.
 

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Thanks, everyone. I have Escort Live and use it in my wife's car with the MAX 360c. The app is pretty but pretty much sucks. I have used it and faithfully reported over the years but it seems like I am the only one in my area. I am using JBV1 and Highway Radar with my V1G2.
 

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Setting up Highway Radar app and I'm a little confused on crowd sourced services. Is post #2 a wink, wink? or what do people use? Seems like Waze and FlightRadar24 but both are listed the same (post #2) in the FAQs on the highway radar website.
 

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