In a technology-based security measure for the safety of women commuters on Western Railway (WR), the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has sought the assistance of mobile application ‘m-indicator’ to develop an emergency button for commuters in distress.
“We are engaging with mobile app ‘m-indicator’, which is commonly used by commuters to check the railway timetable. The interface will help women select the train they are traveling in, and in case they sense any threat to their safety, all they need to do is press the emergency button. The details of the train will be directly sent to the RPF control room, and help will be provided to the distressed woman at the next station,” said D B Kasar, Chief Security Commissioner, RPF, WR.
Kasar added that the RPF was closely working with the developers of ‘m-indicator’ to make it easy for women to contact the security force in case of an emergency. “We will work on providing even coach positions so that the distressed commuter can pinpoint their location in the train and avoid confusion among security personnel. The system will work on both online and offline mode so women commuters will not have to worry,” said Abhijit Patil, a representative of the mobile application developers.
According to the representative, the plan is at a conceptual stage and is likely to be ready in a month. The announcement was made on the sidelines of a seminar on women’s safety organised by RPF, WR.
Kasar said the initiative was “to facilitate a dialogue between RPF personnel and women commuter groups to improve understanding between security personnel and passengers.”
During the discussion, both RPF and Government Railway Police (GRP) urged commuters to stop buying products sold by hawkers inside trains to put an end to the menace of hawking inside local trains.