How smartphones can help prevent juvenile crushing

How smartphones can help prevent juvenile crushing

No words can describe the sadness surrounding the recent crush in South Korea, but such events can be avoided in the future with smartphones. What challenges do group events pose, how can smartphones hold the key to security, and what challenges might such a solution face?

What are the challenges posed by mass events?

Festivals, celebrations and parties are all part of the human condition, where large groups of people come together in unison. One of the amazing facts about such events is that they are usually passed down from previous generations which means that such events can be relevant to those who lived hundreds of years ago. But an increase in the world’s population combined with restricted areas and barriers can lead to fatal infections, which are almost impossible to stop.

In October 2022, a large gathering of people in South Korea (estimated over 100,000), which was supposed to celebrate Halloween, It killed more than 150 people, including students, teachers and children. Without going into too much detail, the narrow street that could handle barely 6 people at a time soon became crowded, and those in the back pushing forward saw those in the street fall and trample.

There is no doubt that mass collapse events occur when too many people are crammed into any given area (usually about 6 people per square meter), but trying to prevent this may be practically impossible. This difficulty is due to several factors, the first being that those in the crush area are often unable to move their arms (and as such, cannot easily call for help), and the second factor is that those at the back of the crowd cannot see the situation in Introduction. In fact, those in the back of the fans are more likely to have a lot of space and simply think the audience is moving forward.

Once the authorities discover that a crushing incident has occurred, measures must be taken to mitigate the impact of crushing, which can be difficult in and of itself. If authorities warn them not to enter an area, it may cause panic, increasing the chances of falling. Simply put, the inability to coordinate large numbers of people leads to such horrific accidents.

Could smartphones be the answer?

A few days after the story went viral, I noticed that many of my attendees had smartphones which raises an interesting question, can smartphones help prevent break-ins in future events? Thus, I present a potential solution that may encourage other engineers to design preventative measures to better regulate crowding and prevent future deaths.

The most important goal of preventing death caused by crushing humans is to increase the space between people, and this is something that has already been resolved; COVID social distancing. While the two-meter separation is very exciting, people at an event can use Bluetooth technology that detects other nearby Bluetooth devices to determine how far others are. If everyone at an event had access to such a device, it would allow everyone to measure the density of an area in real time.

but, This data is not used to warn people in the crowd because they are unlikely to be able to easily reach their phonesAnd they won’t be able to hear it. Instead, the average distance measurements are streamed to a remote server that identifies potential risk areas. If a potential crush is detected, he can send messages to those in the back of the crowd telling them to leave the area (failure to follow these instructions may be a criminal punishment akin to manslaughter), this will reduce the pressure exerted on the crowd.

Finally, those who have fallen into a crowd can immediately send their phones to indicate those nearby as well as the authorities. While this may not immediately help the individual, it will give the authorities a clear idea of ​​where the liking may occur as well as the potential infected person.

What challenges does this solution face?

There are two main areas of concern for such a solution: practicality and privacy. It is entirely possible to expect everyone to use a mobile app that detects likes if the event is in a private venue that requires entry tickets, but it would be very difficult to force a public event. Of course the authorities can encourage attendees to download the system, But just as COVID apps have seen large amounts of backlashIt is unlikely that large proportions of society would willingly use such a solution.

The second challenge is that Such a solution could have serious privacy implications. Just having the ability to track a device’s location is a blatant breach of privacy, which means some precautions should be taken. One way is for users to remove the solution from their device after attending a large gathering so that it can no longer be used. Another solution is to use a decentralized network where devices are only released when they detect a threat rather than constantly moving their location.

Overall, using the same technology that powers COVID social distancing apps might be the answer to squashing deaths, and while I personally lack the software’s ability to design such a system, you probably can.


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