Thursday, February 9

New safety app for visitors to Digha beach

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Beach security at Digha is going hi-tech. A beach safety app, along with an alert link, will help friends and families of bathers in distress seek immediate assistance from cops and divers who can rush to the location. This app supplements initiatives taken so far, including deployment of police and nulias, and place them on maximum alert while patrolling the beach and 22 ghats. Developed by a Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) team, Digha Beach Safety, the safety management app for Digha beach will be uploded on Google playstore in about two days. The local police and the administration plan to urge visitors to download the app on their smartphones before heading for the beach. “If the location key on a tourist’s mobile is on and he/ she hands it to a friend or relative before stepping into the sea, the person holding the mobile can immediately press an user-friendly alert on the app if that person sights any distress of the bather. The alert will be immediately transmitted to the police control room, all policemen and women as well as nulias on patrol on the beach who will instantly know the location of the individual in danger. The app will help the administration launch quick response rescue operations,” said Contai SDPO Partho Ghosh. Besides, the Digha beach safety app will give regular weather alerts and update safety of different places on the beach. Tourists will be warned against venturing into the sea if there’s any unsafe alert. The app will also list safety tips for tourists and have links to emergency numbers. This apart, the app will give tourists and the administration real-time updates on the draught or level of water at different points of the beach and the height of waves approaching or hitting the beach besides timings of high tides and low tides. “We tried to achieve a breakthrough in ensuring safety for tourists on the Digha beach by developing a safety management application using, Agile. Agile, our social work initiative, promotes a human friendly way of working, involving simplicity, small team, experimentation and mutual empathy. Any institution can adopt it to make life better,” said Mohammad Mustafa, head of TCS’ Agile Initiative team. SDPO Ghosh said, “The administration will weave into the app a list of spots and ghats where tourists died in the past along with the dates and situations in which these deaths took place. This will give tourists an idea about what can lead to a tragedy.”

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