Year

2018

 

Role

Lead Designer

 

Tools

Invision
Sketch

Oversight

 

An iOS native app to protect your rights

Oversight is a native iOS app that allows users to tether their phone to multiple devices including a car camera, dash cam, and body camera. The app allows users to activate any camera via voice command to capture footage of an assailant from any perspective. Users can change their settings to save footage in a cloud storage system for file protection and later submit the footage to the American Civil Liberties Union if an unjust court case is at stake.

Research:

In a 2017 report conducted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 75 police departments across the US were placed on a scorecard to examine their current BWC (body worn camera) policies.

Each of the 75 police departments were evaluated on 8 criterias, derived from the Civil Rights Principles on Body Worn Cameras. 3 out of the 8 presented disturbing facts.

 

https://www.bwcscorecard.org/

Officer Review

Policy 1: 78.6% of the police departments allow officers to view relevant footage before filing an initial report giving them the flexibility to change their statements.

Footage Misuse

Policy 2: 42% of the police departments DO NOT prohibit footage tampering and unauthorized access leaving the footage vulnerable to editing, or deletion before the evidence can be used in court.

Footage Access

Policy 3: 85.3% of the police departments DO NOT allow individuals who are filing police misconduct complaints to view relevant footage.

The policies provided 3 major problems for civilians

State Policies

A high percentage of BWC policies DO Not provide safeguards to protect the civil rights of individuals.

This allows Law enforcement agencies to use BWCs as instruments of injustice rather than tools for accountability.

Federal & State Laws

Multiple accounts of police misconduct have been documented by bystanders (via cellphones) and BWC footage from police officers but still failed (in some cases) to discourage police misconduct or unjust outcomes in court cases.

Lacking Resources

NOT ALL Civilians have an effective measure to capture and broadcast live footage as an evidentiary tool or a way to de-escalate the situation.

Problem:

Civilians need a way to capture and broadcast live footage during police encounters to help deter police misconduct. Full transparency (from the civilian’s perspective) would deter the rate of police misconduct and tampering of police body camera footage. This is important because allowing civilians instant access to evidence would give them an advantage in an unjust system should they feel the need to seek justice (in court). As a result, this may discourage police misconduct to some degree.

Challenge:

Provide the following:

1. A way to capture, and collect live footage during a police encounter

2. A way to broadcast and share live footage immediately

3. A way to access and maintain evidentiary support

Conducting the Research Process for an MVP:

User Interviews

User Persona

Competitive Analysis

User Flow

Rough Sketches and Card Sorting

Annotated Wire Frames

High Fidelity Screens

Cellular Vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X)

In the future, The Oversight app will incorporate D2D (Device-to-device Communication) + Iot (Internet of things) resulting in C-V2xThis communication is the passing of information from a vehicle to any entity that may affect the vehicle, and vice versa. It is a vehicular communication system that incorporates other more specific types of communication as V2I.