What happens when your car gets broken into? This is the dilemma one of our team members had experienced when he found himself in this specific scenario last quarter.
In non-emergency situations (defined below), many are left confused as whether to call 911, as they do not feel the need to escalate a situation more than necessary. At the same time, some of these situations still need to be dealt with, and others could benefit from this information as well.
GoPolySafe addresses this issue through a location based web application that specifically targets a university campus like Cal Poly. Our value is defined through the two different customer segments for this platform: students and law enforcement (UPD).
Our project integrates safety, communication, and gives students a peace of mind around their campus community. Students have the ability to add reports about non-emergency incidents they experience around their immediate area. The geotagged location would include a description about the incident with enough information to be acted upon. In addition, others not experiencing a non-emergency situation can also use the tool to quickly view current developments around their area to potentially avoid problems. Further, Tableau integrations allow them to quickly visualize trends in a particular area over time.
Law enforcement, or University Police in our case, make up the other half of our customer segment. They have the ability to log into a more detailed dashboard of non-emergency reports and respond appropriately. This enables immediate communication between UPD and students regarding active incidents.
Together we can make Cal Poly safe -- GoPolySafe.
We recognize a platform like GoPolySafe has the potential for wide adoption across a variety of contexts, not just university campuses. Growth and further development in our project would mean initiating partnerships with other residential and educational communities while adding increased functionality to leverage our data.
Emergency vs Non-Emergency Situations (From the University of Southern Indiana)
Emergency situations are those that require immediate intervention. Someone could get hurt, injured, or worse if something is not done immediately.
Examples: a drunk friend walking out to his car with keys in hand or a fight brewing between two people.
Non-emergency situations are those that may not require immediate intervention, but you still need to do something. Examples: Home or business burglaries in which the suspect has fled more than 15 minutes ago, auto theft and vandalism, disturbing the peace, etc.