Developing a Safe Way

(From left) Jonathan Pena, Brian Hernandez and Joel Yahutentzi are helping the homeless. Photo: Sylmar (Calif.) Biotech Health Academy. Used with permission.

Engineering club students at Sylmar (Calif.) Biotech Health Academy developed an idea for an identification card to be used by homeless people. Featuring a user photo and a scannable datamatrix code, the cards would help outreach workers and others track homeless individuals to better target resources. The code would connect users to a database. In addition, a social-media-style website would allow the community to learn how the homeless are being helped and to share ideas and resources. Job training would be emphasized. They call the system Safe-Way. See news coverage: