The app ‘SafeWalkNearby’ indicates the one-kilometre area around a person’s home in which walks with children under fourteen are permitted. At all times, it monitors the distance of the user from their home on an interactive map. In addition, the application can be used to record the duration of walks, and to send notifications to indicate that the maximum time or distance has been exceeded, and to indicate when the user should start to walk back to their house.
Unlike other similar apps that are available on the market, this app, which is free and available on Google Play, guarantees the privacy of data, as it only works on a personal mobile phone and is not connected to any servers.
The spin-off Sparsity Technologies, which was founded in 2010 by the Data Management Group (DAMA-UPC), is a company created in the heart of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) to provide an urgent response to complex consultations in vast databases.