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Local vet hopes GPS technology can help prevent crime

Posted November 18, 2013

— Former Marine, C.J. Scarlet, is a strong woman, but it isn't just her service to her country that made her this way.

"When I was 19, I was the victim of rape, and I spent 20 years thinking like a victim, acting like a victim because of what had happened to me," she said. "I then took my power back and became an advocate for others who have been victims of crime."

With the help of North Carolina State University and Triangle-based RTI International, she has developed a voice-activated device – called Tiger Eye Security Sensor – that looks like a lapel pin and uses GPS technology to alert police in case of attack.

When a user calls out in a stressed-tone words such as "help," "stop," "don't," or rape," for example, the Tiger Eye Security Sensor, embedded in jewelry, recognizes the stress in a person's voice.

The sensor can also record audio and video of an encounter.

Initially, the device is going to be placed in pieces of jewelry, something as subtle as a necklace.

An example of a place it might be used is on a remote jogging trail.

Scarlet believes the device will also be useful for college students.

Scarlet has developed a program called 10 for Humanity. Her goal is to come up with 10 solutions to reduce violence in society in a 10-year period.

The Tiger Eye Security Sensor is her first idea. She hopes it will be on the market in the first half of next year and expects it will cost $100 to $125.

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  • HomeBrewDude Nov 20, 8:05 a.m.

    May be good for a campus environment. This technology is used in retirement communuties today. May be a better fit since response times are faster. Best tool is leaning how to defend oneself. Pushing a button won't stop the attack.

  • Ex-Republican Nov 19, 7:10 p.m.

    Sounds very lame and ripe for abuse. Like another poster here commented, a device to fight back is preferable, anything from mace, taser or a hand gun.

  • lwe1967 Nov 19, 6:55 p.m.

    Good for this former Marine! She stopped being a victim and stepped up to the plate and has done something about it. She is not a victim now!

  • trianglerelic Nov 19, 4:05 p.m.

    I happen to know for a FACT that RPD takes 20 minutes to answer to 911 calls. Saturday night, my neighbor had her front door kicked in. I heard the glass break and was there in 30 seconds with my 9mm in hand. I stayed stayed with for 20 minutes until before a single RPD cruiser casually pulled up.

    I'm guessing that a rapist could break in, rape someone, take a shower, eat a sandwich and be gone before RPD shows up.

    Knowing this, I'm not sure that this new device will help Rape Victims. Maybe they should reconsider marketing it to the elderly, or infirm that still like to take walks and want the ability to call for help hands free should they fall. Remember, the old TV commercial? "I've Fallen and Can't get up" might actually summon help... Heart patients, people with dementia and other could benefit from being able to summon help just by yelling HELP!!!

  • ospreysilver Nov 19, 3:40 p.m.

    Personally if I were a woman I would prefer a device to hurt my attacker or rapest vs. a recording or text device to be used after the fact.

  • xylem01 Nov 19, 9:38 a.m.

    Well that's scary! It's great if used for this purpose but I can see this technology being used for ill.