Venturing out late at night or in suspicious areas is difficult for people at times. Thankfully, it has been brought under control, but incidents still take place. Precautions are always necessary regardless of where people live.
This is somehow still a troubling reality in most urban areas of the globe, be it Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Moscow, Sydney, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Glasgow, Cape Town, Manila, Mexico City, Bogota, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver; you name it.
Police in most developed countries has been able to control those threats to a large extent. developing countries are however behind them. Also, there have been incidents of trouble and threat which they have not been able to control sometimes.
University campuses have also fallen prey to such problems. Evening classes and late-night study sessions are often unavoidable at all places. With crime rates in developing countries a cause of concern, an app showing the people real-time notifications of incidents around them can work really well.
In the United States, everyone dials 911 in case of something going wrong. However, there are many who prefer knowing things earlier and want to be on the safe side. Many local community members also want to be informed of any dangers lurking in their areas.
Hence, there is an app known as Wildfire.
What is Wildfire?
Wildfire is a mobile app that helps in delivering its users real-time notifications whenever an emergency situation takes place nearby. It gives users the ability to help inform others and send messages to emergency contacts and local community members if they witness something affecting public safety.
The app’s concept originated when founder and CEO Hriday Kemburu was almost mugged after an encounter with two robbers late at night near the library of the University of California-Berkeley. The individuals who tried to rob him were wearing ski masks and emerged from the bushes near the library.
Fortunately, Kemburu managed to escape safely and informed campus police, who acted accordingly. He had subsequently posted about it on most social networks and student groups. Not everyone in the University saw his post. Even he posted on student groups and it was from there he got a really warm response and many thanks from those who saw it.
But Hriday Kemburu wanted everyone to be informed and he later realized that his reach was limited. Many other students would not receive the warning timely. Also, many of these students were not exploring their Facebook feeds all the time when he posted. He wanted to overcome this
Ultimately, in light of the restrictions on privacy and networks on social media sites, he knew this would not help alert others. It also would not prevent incidents from happening.
He in fact once explained that when an emergency situation happens nearby, people go for hours, days, and more without hearing about it for longer periods of time. Whether it is a mugging, a fire, or any other incident; there needs to be an effective mechanism of notifying the local police, local community people, and next of kin.
What is the Wildfire app like?
The simple function and sleek interface of Wildfire app make it easy for everyone to use. In order to ensure further credibility, the app features a Facebook login feature allowing users to view mutual friends of those who are using the app.
Once users have logged in the app, they will receive a full list of incidents occurring nearby. They will have two options: 1). Viewing it as a scroll-down feed, or 2). Viewing it as pins in a map view mode. The app relies on crowdsourcing as ways of funding from users. It is moderated by technofuss and the local police.
After witnessing a dangerous event, an unsafe environment, or anything of the like, users can post information about such and other related information on the app. It will be displayed immediately on the shared feed. Depending on the severity of the incident, the alerts will be pushed out to other users (keeping them out of harm’s way).
Other than that, Wildfire has a lot of useful and helpful features. Users will be notified immediately once an alert is posted on the app, and they’re next of kin will be notified as well.