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LimeBike – Bike Sharing App

Starting this summer, Greensboro, North Carolina will have a bike sharing program, courtesy of LimeBike. LimeBike is a new California startup company which recently chose Greensboro to be its first United States market for this bike sharing program. The company’s bikes are parked all around the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s campus (UNCG) and the bikes are slowly making their way to Downtown Greensboro. The company’s CEO Toby Sun, says that LimeBike provides a “more affordable, accessible and available way of transportation to help more people get around in an urban environment.” This bike sharing program connects college students to the inner city of Greensboro and is very simple to use. Moreover, anybody who has a LimeBike app can potentially participate in the program.

To use a LimeBike bike, riders must first download the LimeBike app on their mobile phone. The app will find the closest bike, unlock the bike, keep track of how much time the rider uses the bike and collect payment. For UNCG students and employees, it is 50 cent for every half hour and it is $1 per half hour for everyone else. Since the bikes have their own lock, they can essentially be parked anywhere.  However, Sun has designated areas on the campus of UNCG as hubs for the bike. Additionally, Sun is working with the City of Greensboro to do the same thing downtown. These lime green bikes are starting to become a hot commodity for UNCG as well as the city of Greensboro. The bikes weigh about 40 pounds and have tubeless tires that will rarely go flat. In addition, these bikes have a basket in the front of the bike with a cup holder and by pedaling the bike powers front and rear lights.

For more information about LimeBike, please visit https://www.limebike.com/.

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PredPol (The Predictive Policing Company)

PredPol was created from a research project between the Los Angeles Police Department and UCLA. The chief of the department at the time, Bill Bratton, wanted to use the computer statistic data that was on hand for more than historical purposes. He wanted a type of software that could forecast potential crime locations so law enforcement could be better prepared. Since then, this research project has been shaped into a forecasting tool for several police departments in the United States and aboard. PredPol focuses on three data points in making predictions: past type of crime, place of crime and time of crime. There is no personal information about individuals or groups of individuals in the software. PredPol’s information can be accessed on any tech device and can be printed on paper. Additionally, it requires no new hardware or additional technical staff to run the software. This software is innovative because it is a forecasting tool for crime. It tells officers what type of crime is most likely to occur and where it may occur. This makes officers’s jobs a little bit easier since they can be more effective with preventing and stopping crime. Moreover, this software is easily accessible and does not take much training to use. So, new officers can learn this software really quickly. This is definitely a game changer for law enforcement. The only downside is since this software is expensive, not all police departments can afford it, which may deter some departments from making the purchase. However, this is definitely worth the investment.

PredPol pushes for law enforcement to engage the community that are in the predictive areas and tell their citizens that they are using PredPol. The Los Angeles’ Police Department has used PredPol to build lasting relationships between community residents and officers so more residents are willing to report a crime if they see one happening. Through this technology, trust has been built between community residents and police officers. More and more community residents are starting to understand that law enforcement needs their help in order to keep them safe. But this would not have happened unless trust was established.

For more information about PredPol, visit their website http://www.predpol.com/