Transafe: A Crowdsourced Mobile Platform for Crime and Safety Perception Management

Hamilton, M, Salim, F, Cheng, E and Choy, S 2011, 'Transafe: A Crowdsourced Mobile Platform for Crime and Safety Perception Management', in IEEE (ed.) IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society 2011, Chicago, USA, May 23-25, 2011, pp. 32-37.


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Title Transafe: A Crowdsourced Mobile Platform for Crime and Safety Perception Management
Author(s) Hamilton, M
Salim, F
Cheng, E
Choy, S
Year 2011
Conference name IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society 2011
Conference location Chicago, USA
Conference dates May 23-25, 2011
Proceedings title IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society 2011
Editor(s) IEEE
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Chicago, USA
Start page 32
End page 37
Total pages 6
Abstract This paper describes a proposed mobile platform, Transafe, that captures and analyses public perceptions of safety to deliver 'crowdsourced' collective intelligence about places in the City of Melbourne, Australia, and their affective states at various times of the day. Public perceptions of crime on public transport in Melbourne are often mismatched with actual crime statistics and such perceptions thus can act as social barriers to visitors and locals traversing within and through the city. Using interactive mobile applications and social media, the visualization of this crowdsourced safety perception information will increase the commuter's awareness of various situations in the City of Melbourne. In addition, through social behavioral analysis and ethnographic research, the collective public intelligence will also help inform the stakeholders of the city for future policy-making and policing strategies for safety perception management. At the centre of the proposed platform is the design and development of a mobile phone application that can contribute to people feeling safer by supporting users to report crimes and misdemeanors that they witness, and provide information about transportation and emergency services around where the users are located. The proposed application can also act as a crime deterrent with one feature that enables user tracking by up to three nominated friends if the user opts to activate tracking when feeling unsafe while roaming the city.
Subjects Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) crowdsourcing
mobile application
safety perception
crime perception
DOI - identifier 10.1145/2095272.2095275
Copyright notice © 2011 IEEE
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