- Sanjana Singh (B.Tech CSE, 2nd year), Deepika (MCA, 2nd year), Neha Pandey(B.Tech CSE, 2nd year)
Safe transit for women travellers is an issue requiring attention as most women (primarily students and working women) feel hesitant to travel alone at night and /or in isolated areas. Existing women safety apps offer little else than sending live locations to select emergency contacts, providing helpline numbers and in few cases, triggering an alarm.
They do not combine safety features with real-time navigation to offer not just the 'fastest' but also the 'safest' route. Additionally, women's safety apps do not link their data with the police to offer prompt services in the event of a mishap and also to keep track of most unsafe zones. Neither do they have any featurs to 'pin' or highlightmost unsafe zones and the specific timing during which most such incidents occur.
- Women commuters- Women (students, office-goers or otherwise) who are required to travel by cabs, buses, by foot etc, in the age group of 15 years and travelling primarily through isolated areas and/or at odd hours.
- Police department- Officials on duty to prevent crimes and offer immediate help in case of any emergency.
- Nearby shopkeepers and offices: People and organisations who are willing to help a someone in distress.
Nalini, a second year college student, was on her way back home after a friend's birthday late one night. With no personal means of transport available, Nalini found herself a bit worried at the prospect of commuting in the wee hours, all by herself, on a route that was unknown to her. While walking, she started to panic as she sensed someone following her. The helplessness of the situation struck Nalini as she realised that sending her location to her emergency contacts would still not elicit a prompt action, which she needed at that time.As she hurried to her hostel, after her ordeal, Nalini felt a pressing need to have a framework in place that ensured safety at various levels of transit.
Following this incident, a determined Nalini formed a team with her classmates to build an app that improved navigational experience by selecting from a list of routes, not just the fastest but also the safest route for a safer commute. Additionally, this app pinned locations of the nearest police stations and PCR vans on your selected safest route and in the event of any mishap, the user's location would be sent to these pinned police stations, in addition to their saved emergency contacts- all of this with just a click. Users can give feedback which would prove to be instrumental in improving the quality of transit. Further, data would be regularly updated (using news updates, police collaboration etc), to provide only the safest route each time.
This was Nalini's way of ensuring women's safety not just by way of alarms and practically difficult ways of sending live locations but targeting the problem from the grass-root level.