Smart Apps together form a technology environment through which individuals, communities, researchers, NGOs, service providers and governments can come together to share information via crowdsourcing and act to make our cities safer.
Women safety and security have certainly raised a few questions on India as a nation. Time has come to address it quite seriously with a no-nonsense approach and make a point loud and clear. Smart phones being available to almost everyone today, their use can pave the way for some effective safety measures. A group of 5 young engineers have developed a device that would make cities a lot safer for women. The device was named a World Champion at Gitex Technology Week in Dubai, and the company was chosen amongst the top 10 innovative startups in India by the Department of Science and Technology. Aimed at providing safety for women, under project ‘Guardian’, the co-founders developed a smart safety device, which won an Ericsson Innovation Award this year. Their flagship product SAFER is a smart safety device, which can be used to trigger alarms and send signals to pre-identified phone numbers in case of an emergency. SaferWalk, notifications, and selfies are some of the app’s prominent features. SaferWalk is an app-based feature with which you can nominate your guardians to see your movements on maps in real time when you are traveling through an unsafe route, and ensure that you are heading towards your destination safely. By a single press on SAFER, you can click perfect selfies. No more dropping your phone while taking group selfies. The platform calls it the SAFER Selfie. The device can be used as smart jewellery in the form of a necklace and is available on the website under the propriety product of Leaf Innovations Pvt. Ltd.
“We are solving one of the greatest challenges faced by humanity. Our vision is to create a world which is absolutely safe for all when everyone takes their safety for granted. Leaf Wearables is India’s first company to use wearable technology for safety. With Leaf Wearables, our mission is to make 1 million families safer and connected by 2017,” says Manik Mehta, 22, Co-Founder and Director of Strategy of Finance at Leaf Wearables. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 309, 546 incidents of crime against women were reported in 2013. In the last five years, the incidents of crime against women increased from 9.2 percent in the year 2009 to 11.2 percent in 2013. 2015 saw some grave incidents surprisingly enough in metro cities itself, where we believe the safety of women is monitored. Since it is no longer a territory issue but it has, in fact, become a national concern, technology of the masses will have to be advocated and adopted.
Wearable Technology for safety is considered to be the next big thing owing to every increasing safety concerns and the efficacy of these devices to avert these situations. While there will always be the big players such as Apple in a similar space, the challenge would be to design these devices for smart citizens and do so at an affordable price.