This project's funding goal was not reached on July 16, 2013.
About this project
Surv is a crowdsourced project seeking to map the locations of outdoor surveillance cameras deployed to monitor the public in any city around the world. The app list any and all mapped cameras within a 100 meter radius of your iPhone. Whether you're a security expert, privacy advocate or just a concerned citizen you have a right to know where these cameras are. Surv can show you.
"1984" 48 HOUR RALLY
We're down to our last 48 hours so to rally all the crowd funders sitting on the sidelines we're looking for 1,984 backers at a brand new $20 tier that rewards you with your choice of beta plus an awesome Surv graphic T-shirt. You can't beat that. The shirt will also be available to all tiers at the $25 level and above. We're in the final stretch. Backing isn't going to be enough if you don't get a few friends to back as well. Few apps are as potentially disruptive as Surv and we'd love to get it into your hands as soon as possible.
WHY WE NEED FUNDING
We're seeking crowd funding to help develop the app from its current beta version to a polished version 1.0 that we can release to the public. The funding will help pay for continued development cost and legal fees.
Surv is on neither side of the security versus privacy debate. Instead we seek to empower the public through technology to help people feel safer, aid in investigations or counter the fear that secretive surveillance can create. In global cities public surveillance is a fact of life. The question is are there other, socially beneficial uses for the cameras and the massive amount of footage they record.
How Surv Works
- The crowd maps outdoor cameras (New York, London, etc)
- The camera's coordinates, description and a photo are uploaded
- The app uses your location to report nearby cameras
- Only cameras within 100 meters of your position are visible
- The beta currently works on iPhone 4 and higher running iOS 6
Mapping and reporting the locations of the cameras through the app is the first step in a much larger plan to allow users to locate and ultimately access services and information from smart surveillance cameras. Ambitious yes. But big ideas have humble beginnings.
Who's behind Surv
Surv was created by long time collaborators Kaza Razat & Khalid Mills. They are both mobile software design and development professionals with several years of experience and high profile projects. Their inspiration for the app comes from the worlds of video games and hollywood fiction where characters wield amazingly smart and useful technology that doesn't yet exist in the real world or isn't available to the average person. To keep things fun they've begun to add gamified elements into the app like a global leader board and the ability for the most prolific location mappers to unlock new features.
There's no better way to fund a crowdsourced app than with crowd funding. Literally without the support of backers like you Surv won't reach its full potential. The active engagement of the Kickstarter community in using and promoting this project is equally as important to us as the funding.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you believe the public has a right to this kind of technology but you can't contribute financially you can still spread the word to your friends. Use Kickstarter's share tools and you'll be contributing to the campaign in a very important way.
**Android Beta Added to Our Kickstarter**
Due to the amount of questions surrounding the Android beta for Surv which is still several months away we've decided to add a new reward tier for Android users who want to support the Surv Kickstarter. While we can't release hard specs yet we expect the beta to run on Gingerbread and support the latest devices from Samsung, HTC and Motorola.
Risks and challenges
Many projects seek crowdfunding to begin real production however Surv is seeking funding to improve from beta to final master. The current closed beta is so polished and tight that it has already passed the notoriously stringent Apple review process. There is zero chance that we cannot deliver to our backers their main reward which is early access to a working version of Surv that will enable and report the mapping of outdoor surveillance cameras. Our main challenges are legal. There is a great deal of research that goes into a project like this. We have been assured by our legal advisors that in the jurisdictions within their expertise there is no legal issue with Surv. Backers must have a working iPhone 4 / 4S / 5 or newer running iOS 6 to run the closed beta of Surv.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
In later phases of Surv's expanded services we would enter contracts to access footage from privately deployed surveillance cameras. Using computer vision and other algorithms to analyze that footage we could match user uploaded images against faces recorded in the footage. This is not foolproof and obviously we may not have contracts with every camera owner but it is something we certainly will explore.
The Surv beta will be delivered via download from iTunes like any other iOS app. Though it is in beta it has been approved already by Apple. It will only be made available to Kickstarter backers.
It's understandable that some users will want an older iOS supported for JB, unlocks or various reasons but as developers we need to utilize services that create the best possible user experience while making our code stable. Updated MapKit, Auto Layout and updated Location Services are just a few things that require a minimum of iOS 6.
Yes Surv will support Android in the future. We are in the early stages but cannot commit to a timeframe of when an Android beta will be available. This campaign is for the iPhone version and if it succeeds all contributors above the $1 Tier will receive a complementary invite to the Android Beta version when it is ready. Should we exceed our goal by a large amount we will use some of the excess to accelerate Android development.
Yes, Surv can be used anywhere in the world as long as your phone has a connection to the internet. What we must make clear is that Surv is a proximity service. You will only see surveillance camera locations if they have been added by someone using the app and are near you. The map will not allow you to have an overview of all locations in the world. We do keep track of cities with the most locations so the Report section of the app can show you that. If you are the first person in your city with the app and you add locations, subsequent users of the app in that city will be able to see the locations you added if they are within 100 meters of them. Again Surv works in any city in the world.
No. Surv's works anywhere there is an internet connection to your phone. A news article mistaking implied Surv only works in New York City when in fact we were simply stating that NYC was the first test city and thus had the most locations mapped.
Unfortunately that is not planned for the near future. We understand the request but we also understand the legal liability of releasing all the data with no proximity limits. Surv is a closed, custom map that the public at large will have free access to. We're taking baby steps here but I think the implications of the project are pretty clear.
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