Published on May 19, 2014 um 06:14

Summary of your idea

A crowdsource location based monitoring system that protects girls and women by utilising sms messages sent from basic cell phones providing real time alerts on occurring dangerous incidents. The aims are to provide safety for women from incidents like rape or danger, and to alert security, health and other stakeholders in the wake of an emergency. An affected individual utilises speed dialling on the phone to send a panic message to network triggering alarm messages (with current time and location data of occurrence) to all the women and important stakeholders registered on the network (within a certain radius of the crime scene) for rapid response. It can also record incidents using the mouthpiece on the phone. The USP is that it works completely on sms on GSM networks using information provided either directly by the telecom operator or using HLR lookups so it isn't limited by bandwith presence or smartphone use and can therefore easily be deployed to people in rural regions. It is also crowdsourced so it runs itself. It would also have a web app and mobile apps for those with smart phone capabilities. Voice alerts will also available for those who can't read.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Our major focus would be girls and women but we expect to expand to supporting the general populace within the first 6 months to a year. We'll start with just the alerts, basic security agencies (and community based emergency help) but expect to expand out to providing reach to a whole range of emergency services from security providers to health providers, counsellors, etc. We plan to bring a reduction of 30-50% in the rate of rape and other violent crimes in the regions of implementation within a year from the start. We'll focus on the northern parts of Nigeria and major cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port harcourt, but plan to fully expand to all the other regions.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Our Key partners will be the telecom companies who'll provide us with the location based data. We may use HLR lookup services from security companies as backup. Because this is a social project, the telecom companies will be contributing the location based data and the technology behind the speed dial system and the sms/voice alert system. Governments and other charity would fund labor and administrative costs at the beginning. We'll be able to generate revenue from use of the services by companies, corporations, individuals above a certain net wealth, and customised services like child tracking. Average users may also pay a token tax from their phone recharges but that wouldn't be enough to fund the project as the tax should be small enough that the poorest can afford it. The team would be focused mainly on providing support for the website (which would be the web app, the online townhall centre for community members to contribute ideas and share information and a learning centre) and the mobile apps.

Your profile

I develop project ideas. I'm just a guy who wants to make the world a better place. I believe that all our biggest issues on the planet can be solved, and by the simplest cheapest options out there. I've designed educational programs and have been a event manager for an entrepreneurship program. I've been a finalist at a science competition and the SHAPEafrica 2014's 'I am Bold' competition and awarded a minor grant from the African Story Challenge. I am currently one of 500 A World At School Global Youth Ambassadors. I'm also a multimedia specialist.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage, idea offered for implementation by others

Your idea has a positive impact on

empowerment of women, youth

usalama logo

how it works


Post a comment


July 7, 2014 11:52

You have a great idea! I have just nominated as number 13.


Help my project at:


June 14, 2014 03:44

Thanks Garima! And sorry I took so long. The system actually includes the function you described. When the alert is sent, its sent to everybody: from safety and security personnel to the users themselves. The users can then decide if they want to move away from the affected area, or if they want to be volunteers and help stop the abuse. We'd strong encourage the latter among the users. To help with that, there's a companion website (for those with the resources to be able to) where users share ideas, opinions, observations, everything, and by themselves come up with plans and systems to help improve their security in their community. The aim for the security system is really to be fully crowd sourced and crowd directed: everyone being free to contribute and help in any way they can.

May 19, 2014 08:10

Dear Usalama

This is a wonderful and very innovative Idea. The concept is simple and has tremendous potential for its successful implementation.

I have a small suggestion to add to this, you could also all other various users to act as volunteers to reach the area for protection/altering the other stakeholders too, to ensure sustainability and successful networking with each other..........better collaboration more safety.........makes each other stand for their fellow beings.

Great Idea indeed.

All the best!

God Bless