Smarter radar protection with the Escort SmartCord Live
If you've already got an Android smartphone, Escort's SmartCord Live can help turn your Beltronics or Escort windshield radar detector into an even more potent traveling tool. Through the Escort Live!™ service, you'll get real-time updates on enforcement areas and other danger zones from other users on the road, plus you'll see radar alerts and other helpful information on your phone's screen. Once you've downloaded the free Escort Live! app from the Android Market, you're ready to let the fun begin.
Here's how it works: you're cruising and another Escort Live! user ten miles ahead of you on the same road detects a laser or radar signal. Once they come across the source of the signal, they'll verify it to Escort Live! and it'll automatically become available to you. If you're running the app, you'll get an instant notification of the threat in your area and how recently it was reported. As you approach the source of the signal, you'll see its proximity on your phone's map screen so you can be on the lookout.
How the Escort Live! service works
Escort Live! uses your phone's GPS information to alert you to threats in your vicinity reported by other Escort users. The service also employs a database of red-light and fixed-position radar cameras for added security, giving you access to a real-time home for verified radar hotspots all over the country. You'll have to pay a subscription fee ($39.95 per year) for Escort Live! once your free trial with the Escort SmartCord Live purchase ends one year from the date of registration.
Escort Live! gathers its data from compatible Escort and Beltronics radar detectors on the road — as soon as a threat is reported by a user, it goes into the Escort Live! database, notifying other users in the vicinity via the app. The newest threats reported to Escort Live! appear in red, then change to orange after a few minutes, then yellow before disappearing after an hour.
Using the Escort Live! app
The Escort Live! app lets your Android phone communicate with your compatible Escort or Beltronics radar detector through the SmartCord Live. You must pair your phone with the SmartCord Live through your phone's Bluetooth® connection. Once they're paired and you're running the app, you'll be able to see important radar warnings on your phone in the map mode. Or view it in dashboard mode to check your speed, the speed limit, radar sensitivity, and compass heading. You can even customize the app to complement your driving style.
You can also report your own radar encounters using the app to inform other Escort Live! users on the road. When your detector alerts you for a radar or laser signal ahead, you can use your phone to report a possible threat, then use the SmartCord Live's report button to confirm the source and type of the alert, so other drivers know what to look for.
The Escort Live! app also lets you mark potential radar locations for future reference, as well as lock out spots that consistently generate false alerts. The app also features traffic information for your current location to help you avoid potential delays.
SmartCord Live features
The SmartCord Live replaces your current detector's power cord and plugs into your car's 12-volt outlet. It features indicators for alerts and power/Bluetooth, as well as a mute button that can be used to lock out or unlock a false alert. A mini-USB input allows connection to your computer for downloadable software updates from Escort, while a USB 2.0 port lets you charge a portable electronic device while the SmartCord Live is in use.