Parvathy Ramesh, Nathasha, and Jayent Saini identified a compelling issue: the safety of women who travel alone, including those who commute solo. Their ATL Marathon project aimed to address this concern.
Under the guidance of their mentor Mr. Jabir Purayil, the team devised an intelligent solution: the “Women Safety Smart Backpack.” After discussing their idea with various individuals, the team received overwhelmingly positive feedback.
The team began by sketching the design of the backpack and researching the necessary electronic components to transform it into a smart product. They created a flow chart outlining the design, materials, and integrated electronic framework, as well as a circuit diagram.
The team’s primary challenge was programming the microcontroller, but with the assistance of their ATL mentor, they developed an algorithm and block diagram to achieve their goal. The prototype yielded encouraging results. The Women Safety Smart Backpack incorporates sensors, GPS, GSM, and an Arduino board in its microprocessor system and can be installed in other women’s accessories such as pouches, purses, and handbags.
The Women Safety Smart Backpack is an affordable and user-friendly solution that employs GPS to relay its location. The GSM module sends messages to pre-selected contacts in the event of an emergency. In case of danger, the user simply needs to press a button and activate the device with their fingerprint, triggering a customized SOS message along with the location of the incident to be sent to the necessary contacts.
This technology can benefit not only women but also school-going students and elderly individuals who travel alone, regardless of gender. Because it is affordable, user-friendly, and discreet, it can be utilized by people of all backgrounds without drawing unwanted attention to the situation.
According to the team, these types of smart innovations could significantly improve the safety of women in our society, making them feel more secure and supported. The prevalence of habitual offenses may also decrease, as the likelihood of help arriving during the crime increases. Additionally, the tracking of offenders in crimes such as bag snatching or theft of personal belongings becomes almost foolproof.
TEAM NAME: SMART INNOVATOR
TEAM MEMBERS: Parvathy Ramesh, Nathasha, and Jayent Saini
ATL INCHARGE: Jabir Purayil
Author- Sai Suman Bebarta