A switch to help women in distress

Student's initiative
Last Updated 21 October 2013, 16:14 IST

In an invention inspired by social needs, an ITM University student has invented a device that can come handy for women in distress.

 Invented by Nitish Aggarwal, the ground-breaking technological solution can be used by a victim to forewarn police and seek help.

‘Suraksha’ is a simple and easy to carry device, the prototype of which has been tested with success. A provisional patent received on this has further boosted Nitish to pursue the project even more vigorously.

Currently, the work to miniaturise the device for effectively embedding it in watches, jewellery, mobile phones etc. in order to make it a versatile instrument for mass production is in progress.

Suraksha is a unique, low cost, sleek, user friendly, real time and all weather device in the hands of the women or any victim which can help protect them from anti-social elements and criminals to give them the freedom and confidence to live their lives without any fear or insecurity.

A mere press of a switch will send location as well as distress message, via a transmitter module to a police control room and to other registered mobile numbers, via GSM module.

The device, when not in use, will be locked so that no unnecessary signals are sent. In order to unlock it, a simple voice command is sufficient. The device can be actuated in three ways namely, voice, switch and force. Therefore, even if the device is thrown with force, it will start functioning, using force sensors, and same will be achieved by a voice command in case the device is not near the user.

Driven by passion and all round support, Nitish is all gung-ho, the way his dream product is passing through the various stages of development. “The basic idea is to flash a warning and give instantly the location of the distressed victim to the police so that any untoward incident can be averted and the culprit apprehended. This would help reduce crime against women,” says Nitish.

Further development on the device is taking place under the aegis of Technologia, the technical society of ITM University, mentored by Charu Rana and Sidharth Bhatia, faculty at ITM University.

 The project has the potential to create a niche in the upcoming projects such as CCTNS (crime and criminal tracking network and system) in which all the police records, pan India are digitised and all the police station throughout the country will be integrated.

Looks like the GenNext will surely find some solution to create deterrence for the anti-social elements and sexual offenders.

(Published 21 October 2013, 16:14 IST)

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