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$3,978 pledged of $25,000 goal
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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.

Why Kickstarter

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.

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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.

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    PUBLIC TIER • You will get our thanks and the knowledge that your small contribution will help crowdsourced surveillance mapping become a reality. You'll also be the first to know the official launch date of the version 1.0

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    • Beta Access (5) weeks after the campaign ends
    • Mapping account
    • Tester leader board title

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    ** ANDROID BACKER TIER**
    • Exclusive access to the private beta of Surv for Android • Crowd leader board title • Mapping Account (allows you to add surveillance camera locations)

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    **NEW** PROLE TIER
    • Your choice of iOS or Android Beta Access
    • Prole leader board role title
    • Limited Edition Surv Graphic T-Shirt
    **U.S backers add $5 for shipping**

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    CROWD TIER
    • Beta Access (3) weeks after the campaign ends
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    BACKER TIER • Beta Access (2) weeks after the campaign ends • Mapping account • Backer leader board title • Invite (1) person to the closed beta

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    PRO BACKER TIER • Beta Access (1) week after the campaign ends • Mapping account • Backer leader board title • Invite (2) people to the closed beta

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    VIP TIER
    • Beta Access (2) days after the campaign
    • Mapping account
    • VIP leader board title
    • Invite (3) people to the closed beta
    • Your name in the official app credits
    • A vote on the next major app feature
    • Invitation to the official Surv launch party in 2014

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    ANGEL TIER
    • Beta Access (1) day after the campaign
    • Mapping account
    • Angel leader board title
    • Your name in the official app credits
    • A vote on the next major app feature
    • Invitation to the official Surv launch party in 2014
    • Invite (5) people to the closed beta
    • Discuss your feedback with the Founders

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