Worldwide, there are 400,000 reported pick-pocketing incidents per day, but the real number is likely much greater due to the reluctance of tourists to report crimes, as legal recourse is often too inconvenient for tourists to pursue. In the United States alone, 113 phones are swiped or lost every minute. In the majority of cases, simple preventative measures make the difference between staying safe and losing valuable possessions. With GeoSafety, users will be reminded to take preventative measures when entering a tourist hotspot with frequent pick-pocketings or other crimes.

What it does

GeoSafety offers safety-oriented travelers peace of mind in overcrowded or otherwise dangerous tourist environments through its discreet, cautionary notifications. The wearable wristband displays important safety information, and the GeoSafety App provides an intuitive visualization of the surrounding geography with categorized crime data using the Apple MapKit Framework.

How we built it

We coded the app in XCode using Swift. Utilizing Apple's MapKit framework, we embedded location tracking, maps, geofencing, and geonotifications within our app. The UI was created using Adobe Illustrator. The wristband prototype was built using an Arduino Uno, LCD module, Bluefruit, Bluetooth module, vibration module.

Challenges we ran into

We were relatively new to coding in Swift, making debugging a tedious process. We also had trouble connecting the bluetooth to the app.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud to have a working app.

What we learned

We learned that persistence and teamwork is conducive to a successful project.

What's next for GeoSafety

We hope to develop our prototype in time for Friday!

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