May 30, 2014
Crowdsourcing is the hot new thing to do these days, but seldom do we see a way it’s utilized outside of fundraising. TapShield, however, took a lesson from Waze and saw that crowdsourcing goes way beyond just money and can actually be used for social good.
To that end, TapShield has launched their iOS and Android apps for the general public today to crowdsource safety. That is, their platform allows users to view and report real-time crime stats to authorities, engage personal contacts as mobile escorts, and receive help from emergency responders up to 47 percent faster than traditional methods.
In February 2013 they launched the first version of their app for exclusive use by colleges and universities amidst an outcry over the nation’s campus sexual assault crisis. At the University of Florida, an estimated 10,000 students have since downloaded the app and used it to make their campus safer.
Not only can users summon help in a more effective manner, one of the main functions of the app is to facilitate collaboration between people and police to build safer communities. And, according to the team, TapShield has high hopes as they aim to fulfill the app’s potential as the Waze for countrywide, crowd sourced security.
“We want TapShield to become your social safety network,” says Jordan Johnson, CEO.
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