Guardian Circle Finds A Way to Help Those in Life or Death Situation
Ever fear of the possibility of losing a loved one because you simply couldn’t make it home on time? Trying to figure out a way to ensure one’s health is not at risk? Just like many consumers who take any measures to protect their friends and families, CEO of Guardian Circle, Mark Jeffrey was thinking of ways to help an entire community.
Guardian Circle is a blockchain-based mobile app that has established a network of emergency respondents to serve those in need of a life or death situation. The idea flourished due to a personal experience Jeffrey had undergone and today, he not only has the ability to protect his family, but many others as well.
In an interview with CryptoSlate, the software engineer, CEO and early supporter of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology shared several facets of the mobile app at hand. In particular, he discussed the reason for an app, how it was built, what ways it would benefit the players involved and much more.
Personal Experience Resulted In The Need For Efficient Help
Jeffrey shared of an incident that his girlfriend had gone through at the time. She supposedly was not able to make a phone call to get the help needed. This made him realize that at that moment, the phone call determined her faith and pondered about several others who might have had a similar experience. As he wondered about the incident, he noted that had her neighbors known what went on indoors, they would have surely come to the rescue.
In particular, he said:
“There were like seven people within a thousand yards of her who could have and would have helped her if they had known something was going on […] A couple of us figured out later that we were driving in the area at the time. So, I’m like, well somebody must have made an app push, a button where it organizes all these people who you already know to come and help you.”
Turns out, he had no luck in finding such an app, which motivated him even more to pursue in the direction of what’s today known as the Guardian Circle. He felt the need to fill in the void, hence he took the responsibility to build it.
The Guardian Circle App Facets
Although, the idea of getting neighbors to help was the foundation of the Guardian Circle app, he later comprehended that professional help would also maximize the likelihood of one’s survival. He said, what “started with friends, family and neighbors”, turned into a much “bigger vision to create a new network of citizen response – skilled citizen responders that are EMTs, ex-military, private security and people who have equipment.”
This approach is definitely praiseworthy, as not every individual can manage a stressful situation effectively, nor does everyone have the necessary tools to support those in need. Hence, he decided it would be ideal to establish an incentive system.
Guardian Circle’s Incentive System
In order to create a large network of respondents, Jeffrey needed to come up with an incentive system. While many might argue that it should be humanly nature to help those in need, considering factors like frequency of emergencies and the possible opportunity costs of responding, i.e. personal time, work, loss of sleep, etc. it simply makes sense to create one.
Ultimately, Jeffrey believed that “People should get paid for their skills, so there should be a compensation involved to assure the density of quality responders. […] As I dug in around the rest of the world, I realized that basically there’s nothing. […] Actually 6 out of the 7 billion of us have nothing. […] So, I thought, OK, we can solve this problem with an app, a token and a blockchain.”
And so, the Guardian Circle token, dubbed the Guardium, came into existence. To test the app’s usefulness, Jeffrey got the opportunity to showcase it at a contest called, X Prize, which asked people to come up with a solution to address rape in India. As he assessed what his contenders were doing, he realized that many had the adequate hardware component, but lacked the software to put it into effect.
After seeing it as a possible problem, Jeffrey “provided the API to the Guardian Circle apps for free so they could pair their devices with any Guardian Circle account.” In doing so, all it takes is a press of the button, and the Guardians who have been stored on one’s account will get notified.
Future Goals For Guardian Circle
Jeffrey concludes his interview by hinting that he is currently seeking a “test city” for the launch of the app and seems to go along the lines of “New Delhi, Los Angeles and Mexico City” to name a few.
To learn more on the Guardian Circle, go to:
- Website: https://guardium.co/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/guardiancircle?lang=en