Inspiration

Recent years, Toronto has seen an increasing number of travellers visiting this beautiful city. Tourism in Toronto had a record-breaking year in 2017, with 43.7 million visitors welcomed to the region. However, we are also see rising safety concerns in specific areas. SaferStride provides user a solution to ensure travel safety based on intersection-based precision.

What it does

The app incorporates live crime reports from Toronto Police Services and displays a heat map with different categories of crimes. It also provides in-app timely alerts when travellers approach specific regions which are potentially unsafe. More importantly SaferStride selects the best alternative route for travellers in order to avoid any potential threats based on the current location the user is at and the destination they are going to.

How we built it

Google Maps API + React Native + UiPath + Jupyter's Notebook (Python)

Challenges we ran into

  • learning React Native, as most of us did not have experience in frontend design
  • getting certain APIs to work
  • sleep schedule
  • finding appropriate data sources and formatting

Accomplishments that we're proud of

What we learned

What's next for SaferStride

Toronto is the first city to pilot this app, we would want to extend this application further to other major tourist cities in North America as our next steps. And since this is a not-for-profit application, we will reach out to Innovation Canada to secure fundings for R&D and prototyping in real life. We will seek out partnership with the Toronto Police Service and look for sponsorship opportunities from NGO that support travel safety initiatives.

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