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RedZone Safety App

by Allie Moore

Feb 4, 2019

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Staying safe while traveling is one of the top concerns among travelers. Depending on your destination, there can be areas of political instability, violence or even just petty theft like pickpocketing. Travelers typically aren’t glued to the news while in a new city, so keeping tabs on the environment is challenging. But a mobile app has been developed that keeps travelers informed of the situations around them, including areas to avoid for various reasons.

 

RedZone is a safety mobile app that helps users remain aware of their surroundings. Thanks to geo-tagging capabilities and data gathered from local government agencies, travelers are updated when there is unrest nearby. Users can use the app’s map to plan out directions to a specific destination. If there is a reason a certain route should not be taken, RedZone will suggest an alternative route, complete with the approximate travel time.

 

Similarly to auto app Waze, users can submit information to the app based on their experiences or what they see in real time, such as reporting a theft in a particular area or sharing information about a nearby auto accident. Users can also share photos to offer as much information as possible.

 

RedZone isn’t limited to just travelers with mobile phones: The website is a constantly updated stream of incidents in six American states: California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

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