The security of female rail passengers, especially in public spaces like railway stations, is critical to making these transportation hubs more accessible and functional for all. Due to the recent increase in crimes against women, organisations everywhere are taking steps to ensure that women feel safe to travel, particularly at night, by increasing surveillance and police patrolling. While these solutions may be effective to an extent in preventing sexual offences against women, they are certainly not enough. There is a serious need for additional measures to stop crime against women through the use of technology and make day and night travel safe for them. 

One such technology that can be very helpful in making women feel safe while using rail services any time of the day, is indoor wayfinding. 

Safety & Wayfinding

When walking to a destination, we often prefer taking the longer route despite knowing there is a shorter way to reach there. This is because the element of familiarity makes us feel more secure and confident about reaching the destination safely. Indoor navigation and wayfinding are built on this principle. By showing people a real-time map of an indoor venue, like a railway station, indoor wayfinding apps can help women locate their destination swiftly and also show the fastest or the busiest route to a particular location. Women can choose a busy route or a faster route to their destination based on their circumstances and avoid becoming isolated and getting lost. 

Application in Railway Stations

Railway stations are often difficult to navigate thanks to multiple dedicated areas and offices, including ticket booking windows, luggage areas, food stalls, etc. When travelling through a rail station for the first time, it is not unusual to lose your way to the right platform, stall, toilet, or ticket booking office. In many scenarios, when women, is the time when Criminals often target women and carry out their attacks when they are travelling alone through unknown routes and are struggling to find their destination. But with indoor wayfinding apps like Briteyellow’s BriteWay XR, passengers, especially women, can always stay updated with new and old routes and choose the one that is safest, regardless of the distance. Moreover, indoor wayfinding apps also help gather data about the users and help rail operators count footfall, identify busy and empty routes, and recognise the demand for specific facilities available at the station. In addition, operators can also gather valuable data through an indoor wayfinding app like BriteWay XR, such as:

  • Which platform is the busiest and at what hours
  • Real-time footfall information to introduce appropriate security measures
  • Identify underused and empty areas which may be used to carry out crimes against women
  • Create safe zones where women can find shelter at appropriate places
  • Monitor and track all activity throughout the station to prevent crime and ensure it never goes unnoticed

Why BriteWay XR?

BriteWay XR is Briteyellow’s innovative indoor navigation and wayfinding solution that can help women travel safely through indoor venues. Augmented and virtual reality technology makes it possible to experience the railway station at home and map all the routes before reaching there and alert the staff in case of any crime anywhere at the station. This allows women to be better prepared for their journey and also gives them a clear picture of how the venue looks in real time. Its augmented reality interface with visual, voice and haptic display for guidance is perfect for use at railway stations. 

Briteyellow’s innovative indoor wayfinding solutions can be critical in improving security for female rail passengers and can help bring down criminal incidents at railway stations. You can find out more about our smart solutions and how they can help you by contacting us at 0845 557 0520 or emailing us at info@briteyellow.com.

The safety of women, especially in public spaces like airports and railway stations, is critical to making these transportation hubs more accessible and functional for all. Due to the recent increase in crimes against women, organisations everywhere are taking steps to ensure that women feel safe to travel, particularly at night, by increasing surveillance and police patrolling. While these solutions may be effective to an extent in preventing sexual offences against women, they are certainly not enough. There is a serious need for additional measures to stop crime against women through the use of technology and make day and night travel safe for them. 

One such technology that can be very helpful in making women feel safe while using rail services any time of the day, is indoor wayfinding. 

Safety & Wayfinding

When walking to a destination, we often prefer taking the longer route despite knowing there is a shorter way to reach there. This is because the element of familiarity makes us feel more secure and confident about reaching the destination safely. Indoor navigation and wayfinding are built on this principle. By showing people a real-time map of an indoor venue, like a railway station, indoor wayfinding apps can help women locate their destination swiftly and also show the fastest or the busiest route to a particular location. Women can choose a busy route or a faster route to their destination based on their circumstances and avoid becoming isolated and getting lost. 

Application in Railway Stations

Railway stations are often difficult to navigate thanks to multiple dedicated areas and offices, including ticket booking windows, luggage areas, food stalls, etc. When travelling through a rail station for the first time, it is not unusual to lose your way to the right platform, stall, toilet, or ticket booking office. In many scenarios, when women, is the time when Criminals often target women and carry out their attacks when they are travelling alone through unknown routes and are struggling to find their destination. But with indoor wayfinding apps like Briteyellow’s BriteWay XR, passengers, especially women, can always stay updated with new and old routes and choose the one that is safest, regardless of the distance. Moreover, indoor wayfinding apps also help gather data about the users and help rail operators count footfall, identify busy and empty routes, and recognise the demand for specific facilities available at the station. In addition, operators can also gather valuable data through an indoor wayfinding app like BriteWay XR, such as:

  • Which platform is the busiest and at what hours
  • Real-time footfall information to introduce appropriate security measures
  • Identify underused and empty areas which may be used to carry out crimes against women
  • Create safe zones where women can find shelter at appropriate places
  • Monitor and track all activity throughout the station to prevent crime and ensure it never goes unnoticed

Why BriteWay XR?

BriteWay XR is Briteyellow’s innovative indoor navigation and wayfinding solution that can help women travel safely through indoor venues. Augmented and virtual reality technology makes it possible to experience the railway station at home and map all the routes before reaching there and alert the staff in case of any crime anywhere at the station. This allows women to be better prepared for their journey and also gives them a clear picture of how the venue looks in real time. Its augmented reality interface with visual, voice and haptic display for guidance is perfect for use at railway stations. 

Briteyellow’s innovative indoor wayfinding solutions can be critical in improving security for female rail passengers and can help bring down criminal incidents at railway stations. You can find out more about our smart solutions and how they can help you by contacting us at 0845 557 0520 or emailing us at info@briteyellow.com.

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