UPC researchers create an app to monitor outings with children during the lockdown

The Data Management Group (DAMA-UPC) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the spin-off Sparsity have developed the app SafeWalkNearby to help to monitor the distance and the duration of outings with children under 14 to public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

May 29, 2020

The app 'SafeWalkNearby' shows the 1-km area from home within which outings with children under 14 are allowed and locates the user on an interactive map in real time. In addition, the app records the duration of outings, sends alerts and notifications when the maximum time or distance have been exceeded and tells you when you should start getting back home.

Unlike other similar apps, this one, which is free and available on Google Play, guarantees data privacy because it only runs on your personal mobile device and it is not connected to any server:

The spin-off Sparsity Technologies was founded in 2010 by the University’s Data Management Group (DAMA-UPC). It is a company created within the UPC to reply to complex queries using immense databases. This research group, coordinated by the professor and researcher Josep Lluís Larriba, is linked to the University’s Department of Computer Architecture and is part of the Innovation and Technology Centre (CIT UPC), which is a member of the Government of Catalonia’s TECNIO network.