KOCHI: The world is a dangerous place, especially for unsuspecting children.
As many as 120 children go missing every day in the country, say Home Ministry statistics. In Kerala, considered a safer place, the cases of children going missing have been increasing steadily. In 2015 alone, 1630 children had gone missing in the state.
So it comes as no wonder if parents cringe at the idea of their children being alone in an alien environment, or worse, if they are alone with some stranger out there.
Children are most vulnerable while travelling to the school and back. It is the time gap between the safety net of the school and the family when children wander off unintentionally or get exploited by the shrewd criminal.
Falcon, a child safety app, comes with the claim of ensuring safety to the children during their commute to school. It is an IoT-based platform that keeps track of the commute of children and ensures that the child is handed over to the right person.
“If you take the case of a school of 2000 with 30 buses catering to 600 bus-stops, they take a mammoth 1 million decisions across the 30 personnel manning buses at 600 different locations over 300 days. Even for a school with the best process in place, tracking something as complex as this is impossible without technology,” says Ajay Prasad, Head, sales and Marketing at Purnatva, the company which developed Falcon.
Ajay says they have gained a lot of experience after the platform has been put into use at schools in Bangalore. “These experiences have improved our product, as we have made changes to the platform.” Currently, Falcon is present in over 50 schools across Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi.
In Kerala, Choice School in Kochi has adopted the platform and says it has worked perfectly for them.
“We have been an early adopter of technology and Falcon has been selected for its safety and convenience features. They understand how a school works and the challenges we face every day,” says Ranjith Philip, Head of Business Development at the school.