The research project TOPOS, funded by the Austrian security research program KIRAS of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit), uses modern communication technology for the continuous and real time monitoring of subjectively perceived security in a test region (City of Wels / Upper Austria).
Providing users of smart phones and tablets with a free APP, citizens can report their feelings of (in)security and anytime submit detailed information about specific locations in the area of Wels. The information will be transformed into a database and used for more in-depth analysis, providing a “map of (in)security” for the area under investigation.
The objective of TOPOS is to develop a tool to measure general trends of subjectively perceived security in any given region. This tool will also help to identify perceived hot spots in any neighbourhood.
The results of this research project can help the relevant branches of the administration (police, urban planning, etc.) to better allocate their resources. The application to be developed also can be used by citizens to communicate through a low threshold channel their subjective assessment of public security and so have access to a socially construed image of public security in their neighbourhood.
Duration: 01.10.2013 – 30.09.2013
Institut für Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie (IRKS) (Consortium Leader)
SYNE Marketing & Consulting Gmbh
Stadtpolizeikommando Wels (SPK)
queraum. kultur- und sozialforschung
PD Dr. Reinhard Kreissl
Institut für Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie (IRKS)
Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS)
Address: Museumstrasse 5/12, AT-1070 Wien
Tel.: +43.1.526 15 16 22
Fax: +43.1.526 15 16 10
Link to the TOPOS Project: http://www.irks.at/forschung/sicherheitsforschung/topos.html