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Technology and Insights for Enhancing Women’s Safety and Mobility with A ‘eBodyGuard’ in Your Pocket

We believe in keeping you safe, wherever you are. We will reduce the number of assaults in Mexico City by alerting your personal BodyGuards.

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Through extensive research and study, our solution will not only explore various facets of safety in Mexico City. A portion of our solution will require stakeholder engagement with Mexico City in which we would

  • Align a group of stakeholder workshops to build and understand the local capacities to solve complex challenges, cultivate local institutional knowledge. 
  • Identify and build support for near-term opportunities by starting with understanding current travel behaviors associated with higher perceived or real risk/vulnerability
  • Conduct analysis of pathways for enhanced women’s safety enabled by eBodyGuard and gather data that provides robust evidence base on the social, economic, and environmental benefits of more reliable, safe, affordable, efficient mobility choices.
  • Identify market-based business models, evaluate and tour potential project site areas (e.g. university campuses, transit stations) where the platform could be advertised/marketed for establishing 10-year roadmaps for continuous and/sustained improvements on key metrics.


As a crime prevention tool, we believe this will provide not only the capability for the eBodyGuard to bring offenders to Justice, therefore reducing the chances of recidivism; but this will also provide a strong deterrent for other offenders.  From a community perspective, the more people that have eBodyGuard, our company can notify our members in the proximity of the assault and the community can aid, and in many cases respond significantly faster than police. If our members feel in danger, they can use voice triggering or quick access in the application to activate the alarm, and share it with family and friends. In Mexico City, over eighty percent of women routinely feel unsafe in their daily lives, and over two-thirds of women have experienced sexual and violent attacks (Krouze, 2019). In transportation and mobility in Mexico City, women's safety is a key area of improvement that city officials are currently targeting through an application (Mi Taxi) that is only applied to taxis. Expansion into public transit and ride-share applications will provide a further improvement in women’s safety. By creating a safer environment in this commuter city, eBodyGuard will transform the rate of sexual violence while creating a safe environment that allows women to travel freely.

Our solution features the ability to trigger a text message and future phone call, to their personal eBodyGuard with the victim's real-time location. To trigger the call, our eBodyGuard community member can use their voice, trained to the application, or by using an SOS button in the application. One of the most unique and important features is the evidence recording. Once an emergency is triggered by the eBodyGuard community member, the app will immediately begin recording audio (with video coming soon) evidence of the occurrence to bring assailant to justice. All collected evidence is currently Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) certified; if selected, we intend to be certified with Mexican Public Safety authorities, as well.

Another portion of our solution will focus on women’s personal safety and mobility improvements using a digital focus. We will,

  • Evaluate context-specific technology design and adoption options and the impact of eBodyguard pilot
  • Convene workshops with key stakeholders and policy makers to build support and develop shared vision and agree on initial actions (e.g. key public/private institutions take initial steps with app procurement)
  • Develop digital transformation approach to women’s safety and mobility with a roadmap and implementation plan

 

With the safety features built into eBodyGuard, and additional technology enhancements accomplished by our roadmap, commuters in Mexico City will feel more protected as they travel. Beyond a smart phone application, eBodyGuard prides itself on our enterprise scaled software. Our solution is backed by a strong data network that we can integrate into any data systems that are critical in the justice and government processes. Our key members are FBI certified to handle criminal justice data. In the United States, we have already developed partnerships with Universities, Community Colleges, High Schools, as well as entities like National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). As we scale into Mexico City, we will look for similar supporters and partners (e.g. Secretary of Mobility of Mexico City who will further and inform our agenda in safety and crime prevention. In partnership with NREL, Ford, and Mexico City, we will identify key partners with Public Safety agencies who will seek increased justice enhancement on behalf of the citizens of Mexico City. As eBodyGuard expands relationships, our eBodyGuard community will be able to directly contact designated Public Safety authorities in addition to their personal eBodyGuard contact.

Reference:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/mexico-city-gender-violence-protests-azcapotzalco.html

Describe quienes utilizarían tu propuesta (1,000 caracteres) // Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

As a woman owned organization, we strongly relate to the safety needs of women across the world. A woman entering a public or shared transit must feel safe. With her eBodyGuard contacts at her fingertips and the ability to activate the features of eBodyGuard using just her voice, women will feel safer knowing that her all-modes travels are safer, and that the perpetrator threatening that safety will be brought to justice effectively. In the event of an attack, our evidence recording will assist with all information needed by authorities to arrest and convict the assailant. Her location will be known throughout the event, making it easier to track her and her attacker. Additionally, witnesses to the crime can use their eBodyGuard application to record evidence of the situation making them able to safely help without additional threat. https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/police-in-your-pocket-colorado-rape-survivor-launches-new-safety-app-with-voice-activated-911

Describe la etapa de desarrollo de tu propuesta // Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Piloto: has implementado la solución en una situación real. // Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario
  • Lista para implementar: Has completado y ampliado tu piloto y estás viendo que se utilice tu solución por parte del usuario previsto // Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user

Platícanos acerca de tu equipo o compañía (500 caracteres) // Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Our team of criminal justice and technology experts is led by a woman, Melissa Hart. She has extensive experience in law enforcement, corporate solutions, and innovative technology. Our website further highlights our key members and board of directors https://ebodyguard.org/team/. The NREL portion of our team consists predominantly of PhD researchers with focus on mobility, energy, and sustainability. Their contributions are invaluable for a comprehensive approach. https://www.nrel.gov

Tamaño de tu equipo o compañía // Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Fondos // Funding Request

  • $100,000

Presupuesto aproximado (500 caracteres) // Rough Budget (500 Characters)

1. Focus on adoption of eBodyGuard, and integrations with systems. 2. Build community networks committed to safety KPI’s that will be monitored over time, building on ongoing initiatives in Mexico City. 3. Work with a variety of public and private authorities who have leverage and stake in the future of transportation and safety. 4. A review on the social-economic-environmental advantages and disadvantages of current travel options versus future mobility choices, prioritizing safety.

Describe cómo usaras los fondos para tu proyecto piloto (1000 caracteres) // Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

EBodyGuard is currently being implemented on multiple university and high school campuses across the United States. Additionally, we are partnering with NREL to improve safety in New York transportation. With growing popularity of our software, we anticipate fast and sustainable growth in product with a large user base. In Mexico City, our success will be measured based on letters of support, downloads of our software, as well as institutional partnerships, and corporate engagements. Beyond the pilot, we will continue to seek growth both in United States and Mexico through subscription fees, corporate partnerships, and Universities/College contracts. These initial suggestions are gleamed from the approaches we have found successful in United States. We welcome Ford and Mexico City’s feedback for targeted pilots.

Describe cómo medirías el éxito de tu piloto (1000 caracteres) // Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

By communicating with our user base, we will seek affirmation of her safety in travel and all environments. Additionally, we will monitor by asking key questions through the eBodyGuard community members how the eBodyGuard system has improved their overall community safety due to our alerts. Downloads, as well as feature use data will inform eBodyGuard of the effectiveness of current features. We will use proactive, as well as the system's built-in features for improving our software to the specific needs in Mexico City.

Plan de sostenibilidad (500 caracteres) // Sustainability Plan (500 Characters)

After the pilot, we anticipate a continued use of our application both in the United States, as well as Mexico. As member community increases, we project a continued growth as we gain more transportation projects and school campuses. With this pilot's learning, we can expand into other parts of Mexico, where we can impact similar community issues.

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