Thursday, December 22, 2011

Smartphone Safety Application for Rutgers Students

A collaborative effort involving teachers and students at Rutgers University has resulted in development of a smartphone application that provides users with information about crime prone areas of the campus.  This mobile GIS uses two sources of mapped information to deliver situational awareness to users:
  1. Data on past criminal activity
  2. Crowd sourced information about safety features like lighting
To learn more, go here.

Comment: Note that this application was not developed through efforts of the Rutgers campus police, but by the community at large.  Thus, much like the circumstances related in the "Safecast" post on this blog, it's another example of others doing the Emergency Services Sector (ESS) mission when the ESS hasn't kept up with the Geospatial Revolution.

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