The government has roped in the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) for developing a personal safety device for women and senior citizens to be used in case of an emergency.

“This [the device] can be used by women and senior citizens to trigger alarms and also send signals to pre-identified phone numbers,” said Rajiv Gauba, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Mr. Gauba was speaking at the conference “Secure Cities-2013” on the role of information technology in transforming security architecture in India.

“We have roped in IIT-Delhi and C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram for this project. The challenge is to make the device affordable for everyone and then go for its mass production,” Mr. Gauba said.

The device is likely to be a mobile-like gadget.

A large number of experts from the Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority, Police and Paramilitary forces, National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), academia and security heads come together to share their experiences, debate strategies, brainstorm issues, shape policy, explore new technological solutions and define effective counter-measures.

Former Home Secretary Gopal Pillai, referring to the Muzzafarnagar riots, said communities should trust each other. He talked of using technology to bridge this gap and build trust amongst various communities.

The Joint Commissioner of the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing, Sandeep Goel, talked about the real-time problem that the city police faces with respect to getting high resolution pictures of terror suspects even when their faces have been captured by the CCTV cameras.