New Delhi: While government bodies and law agencies aim to improve vigilance, there are several technology players in the modern scenario coming up with tech-based solutions and wearable devices that can ensure women safety.
Women safety should not be highlighted only on International Women's Day, however, it is important to bring to light these corporates and startups, which have taken a pledge to create an environment where women feel safer and confident while travelling on roads.
A smart bus-based mobility solution, Shuttl is built to take the pain away from one's daily commute and reduce congestion on roads.
Shuttl's SAFE solution includes several features, like face recognition software, GPS tracked and geo-fenced routes. The Shuttl buses are equipped with a physical and app-based SOS and panic button and unlike other shared mobility platforms, Shuttl's Home Check feature initiates a confirmation call that ensures that the passengers have safely reached their destination.
It stands to be one of the best solution for women travelling to work as this feature is not only a comfortable, safe and reliable option but also an affordable way to commute in Delhi-NCR.
The world's largest on-demand ride-sharing company, UBER has always leveraged technology to improve safety of women riders and women driver-partners; before, during and after every ride.
Owing to the integration with Delhi Police's HIMMAT app and Kolkata Police's BONDHU app, the riders can now connect with the Police directly in case of an emergency. New technology has enabled UBER to build safety into its service from beginning to end: before a rider even gets into the car, throughout the journey and after they have reached their destination.
Moreover, the in-app emergency button is another effective measure towards ensuring rider safety by providing rapid response to UBER riders. Uber's specially-trained incident response teams are available around the clock to handle any urgent concerns that arise during a trip. This feature has been appreciated by riders across India and has now been adopted by other markets as well.
Google Maps is one of the best navigation apps present, and has been the sole leader since a long time.
This application provides one information ranging from ETA, real time traffic, nearest hotels, police stations, and petrol pumps. It also provides one with the best way to reach their destination.
With Google Maps, women can now keep track of their own location and know exactly where they are heading.
Safetipin, a crowd source app enables the user to check the safety of a particular place. There are various parameters on which the safety of a place is calculated. These include lighting, whether the location is deserted, are many women seen on the road, how is the walk path, how close can public transport be found.
The app has other notable features which allow a friend or family member to track their location.
This is beneficial for women who are going to a place for the first time or women traveling alone at odd hours during work.
Further, the user can also upload pictures and share their experience while visiting a particular part of the city which can be beneficial for other future visitors. With this application, women can record instances of harassment and security hazards, including broken street lights, and open sewers.