Inspiration

Shootings in schools and offices are on the rise. Schools and offices’ generally provide training on how to handle an active shooter, however, at such moment people may go into shock and may forget the training they received. Having an app on hand significantly eases the alert relay for people located on site.

What it does

Be Ready is a useful tool for alerting you to urgent events via notifications. It keeps you updated with real-time locations of emergencies happening at the moment near you. With a push of a button, you can alert people around you about your location of the incident. Most importantly, you will be instructed of the proper course of action depending on your specific situation.

How we built it

We built it using Java, Google Map API, and Firebase

Challenges we ran into

Notifying users even if the app is not opened is challenging. We also had a tough time improving the visualization of the location data on the map.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud that we got the app working without any of us having previous experience with Android development. It was tough, but we enjoyed it a lot.

What we learned

Integration of real-time database and effective data's visualization on Google Map. Most importantly, the power of teamwork.

What's next for Be Ready - Active Shooter Alert

We are excited to work on expanding the app to not only be specific to Active Shooting but to all kind of emergencies.

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