Halaat-O-Meter is a crowd sourced platform to enable residents to posts updates on their neighbourhood during times of trouble. Think of protest marches, road blockages, traffic jam, and even shooting and bomb blasts.
Anyone can report the current situation in his neighbourhood (we call this the 'halaat', in Pakistan) on a real time map.
Halaat-O-Meter is originally intended for use in Pakistan, but can be used in any place. The initial response on Halaat-O-Meter was overwhelming, it was for example recenty featured at Al Jazeera.
Q: How often is the information updated?
A: All information is crowd sourced, in other words: anyone (you?) can report what is going on in your own neighbourhood. After some time (depending on the kind of incident) the report is removed from the map.
Q: How reliable are the reports?
A: As the information is crowd sourced, people might report fake incidents. The more people reporting an incident, the more reliable the report is. We are working on options to confirm or deny reports. And we'll block those who abuse Halaat-O-Meter.
Q: Can I have this on my phone, too?
A: Yes. We have just launched the Halaat-O-Meter app for Android, the iPhone version is in the making.
Q: Can I use it without having a Facebook account?
A: No. Really, not. We might add other ways of authentication in the future.
Q: How can I contact you?
A: Go to our Facebook page and send us a message.