Civil Rights Group Develop Smart Bracelet with Sat-Nav to Protect Aid Workers from Abduction

Civil rights and aid workers across the world work under the constant threat of getting abducted or killed, they work in the remotest areas in seclusion without much connectivity. A high-tech bracelet has been developed by the Civil Rights Defenders campaign group that might help these aid workers when in danger of being kidnapped or killed. A distress signal can be manually sent or automatically triggered if the bracelet is forcefully taken off. The bracelet uses phone and Sat-nav technology and Warnings are sent in the form of messages to Facebook and Twitter to rally support and ensure people do not disappear without trace.

The first set of bracelets were doled out this week, the group plans to give 55 of them by the end of 2014 and is seeking funding for the project. The rights group started work on the gadget in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of Chechen rights worker Natalia Estemirova in 2009, she was involved in documenting the alleged abuse of civilians by government-backed militias.

[Via – Bbc]