Free app enables bus riders to anonymously report concerns to authorities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Weymouth, MA – October 3, 2017 – ELERTS Corp, the leading provider of See Something Say Something mobile apps for transit agencies, has announced that it developed Tri Delta Transit’s new Tri Delta Watch, a mobile security app to allow riders to notify police or dispatchers of safety and security concerns on buses and at bus stops. The free app enables riders to anonymously submit reports with photos or videos to dispatchers who can respond to or address the problem, helping to increase public safety and support police.
Tri Delta Transit provides over 3,000,000 bus trips each year to a population of over 250,000 residents in the 225 square miles of Eastern Contra Costa County, California. Tri Delta Transit is one of the growing number of North American transits recognizing the powerful combination of technology and crowdsourcing to increase transit safety and peace of mind for riders – and drivers.
“Although we do not have a high rate of crime on our buses, we believe that providing an added layer of security is always a smart step to further demonstrate to our riders and drivers that their safety is always our top priority,” said Mike Furnary, Director of Marketing at Tri Delta Transit. “We’ve seen the success that other transits have had working with ELERTS to increase riders’ peace of mind, safety and security, so they were a natural choice to develop the app. Reliability and experience were key to ensure a smooth launch with our tech team.”
The free app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for iPhone and Android phones; search Tri Delta Watch. Features include:
- Real-time Incident Reporting – riders can report immediately threatening situations such as fighting, harassment, or attacks on drivers.
- Discreet Incident Reporting – to ensure discretion and safety for app users, the camera flash is automatically disabled when photos are taken through the app.
- Two-way communication – Transit dispatchers may ask the rider for more details about the situation or provide instructions, as needed
- BOLO Alerts – Police may broadcast BOLO’s (Be On the Look Out) to ask riders to look for specific persons of interest such as criminal suspects or missing persons.
“Tri Delta Transit is a good example of how a bus-only transit with minimal crime can still benefit from a See Say app,” said Ed English, ELERTS CEO. “Simply the presence of a crowd-sourced emergency alert system app can make a difference and deter criminal or harassing behavior, while providing peace of mind to transit riders. It’s our mission to continue to develop apps like this to make it easy for the public to report suspicious activity and help make every transit that much safer.”
About Tri Delta
Tri Delta Transit provides over 3,000,000 trips each year to a population of over 250,000 residents in the 225 square miles of Eastern Contra Costa County. They operate 13 local bus routes Monday – Friday, 4 local bus routes on weekends, door-to-door bus service for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and shuttle services to community events. For additional information about Tri Delta Transit, please visit www.trideltatransit.com.
ELERTS develops best-in-class emergency communication software, empowered by community-sourced reporting of safety and security concerns. The company is the leading provider to transit agencies for See Something Say Something apps. ELERTS cloud-based approach leverages smartphone technologies to provide robust, bidirectional communication between multiple parties. ELERTS mobile technology integrates with video surveillance and access control systems to provide actionable information for first responders.
With headquarters in Weymouth, Mass., ELERTS can be reached by 877-256-1971 or connect with us on the web at:
- Twitter: @ELERTSCorp