Too often today, friends go out, but they end up loosing a member of their group. Someone gets lost in the moment of conversation and doesn't realize when people have left the bar. Their phone is on silent and the music of the club is too loud for the ringer to be heard.
This situation leaves women and men alike vulnerable to all the dangers that young people face today while trying to live the same collegiate experience as their parents.Walking home alone brings many risks that are just unnecessary. Maneuvering through traffic, unknown streets, dealing with drunk drivers on the road, and even the new knockout game are all things that can be avoided.
Downtown Direct has already provided the safe transportation, but what about when they're off the bus. Now it's up to their intuition and their friends looking out. Well why not make that easier. With the new Downtown Direct App, we've taken the buddy system to a new level.
Now when users log into the app they are connected to each other, and campus security. When someone wanders from the group and isn't responding to texts, the app will show a GPS location with walking direction to where the missing member is. This way when a phone is a pocket, a purse, or the music is too loud to hear the ringer, friends can find each other and ensure safety.
Additionally what happens after the ride is over and people are making their way back to the dorms? People don't like to talk about it, but there is a threat of assault, robbery, and everything in between. This is where the app really comes into play. Loaded with a panic button, the student can press it, sending a GPS alert to campus security, and friends, letting them know that something is wrong. The panic button will also cause the phone to give out a distinct and loud alarm, alerting and perpetrator that the alert has gone out, hopefully diffusing the situation.
With our marketing campaign everyone in the Syracuse area will know what our alert sounds like. Students and locals will hear the alert and know that someone is in trouble and needs help. The best deterrence to any crime is strong community.
What is the money for????
Five thousand isn't a lot for a project, but currently we need it to just cover the rest of our time and costs for the programming. This is a non-profit movement and every penny we make, even over, only goes to development and further outreach for the app. Every dollar counts, but it doesn't go to our wallet.The main issues faced with this project are developing the software, fixing glitches, and meeting our launch date.
Currently we've connected with some great University programmers who have a fantastic track record and are confident it can be done on time.
All backers will be given weekly updates with pictures showing our progress, or issues. Anyone can also follow our facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/SyracuseDowntownDirect
Or our twitter, @cusedirect