Women's Safety XPrize 2017-2018


The UC3M4Safety reached the semifinal stage at the  XPRIZE Women's Safety. The $1 million Anu and Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE was a global competition that challenges teams to leverage technology to empower communities with transformative solutions that ensures women’s safety.


The competition began in 2017, with the presentation of a proposal in September 2017, when after being selected as one of the 15 semifinalists, the UC3M4safety reached the final stage. The final was held in Mumbai in April 2018 and was the first time Bindi's solution was showed. Xprize represented a boost to get that ideas exposed in papers reach the state of a real prototype.  


The groups involved in the competition team come from the Polytechnic School and from the Gender Studies Institute of UC3M. Three departments in the Polytechnic School face the problem of preventing and combating the violence from a technological point of view. Signal Theory and Communications Department, Telematics Engineering Department and Electronic Technology Department apply their knowledge to use the most recent smart sensors, recogniztion algorithms and security in wireless networks in a proposal that protect victims. On-line detection of human moods, dangerous objects or agressors, with a "transparent" wearable system, would allow victims to prevent and combat new episodes of violence. Of course, this system is assessed by the Gender Studies Institute thanks to its large knowledge in violence against women and protecting victims. Beside, researchers from Center of Industrial Electronics, (UPM-CEI), experts in Wireless Sensor Networks will provide their expertise in machine learning algorithms for multi-sensor data treatment.




The Carlos III University of Madrid provides a high degree of interdisciplinary research for international research projects where Social and Human Sciences must connect and collaborate with Information and Communications Technologies, for improving the quality of life of Europe citizens. The open concept of global departments for teaching the students of the whole university, as well as the large experience in collaborative research makes this university a key element in research projects where different approaches must be undertaken to study and analyze a common necessity, and propose common solutions to attend and solve today’s society challenges.


The UC3M4Safety team has applied already to project calls for public funding in the framework of European Union, in a willing of developing a efficient and applicable solution to the problem of violence against weak elements in the current societies: women, children, eldery, etc.


The six groups composing UC3M4Safety have experience in research and development projects in their respectives field of expertise. But, all of them agreed a year ago in the necessity of working together for solving this problem, with a techical and a social perspective. First works have started, developing a proof of concept for detecting agressiveness, fear, and other human reactions to violence. Contacts with victims' associations and law enforcement agencies have also been done, confirming the interest in the solution proposed.




Team leader: Celia López

📧 email: celia@ing.uc3m.es 



BINDI is a wearable system composed of two devices, which have an aesthetic intention but also include a smart monitoring mission to prevent sexual or violent attacks against users. The devices are connected wirelessly between them and with the users' smart cellular phone through a reliable and lightweight communication protocol (Bluetooth™ Low Energy, BLE) providing a competitive autonomy, in terms of battery re-charging, and bandwidth for data transmission.


Apart from a duplicated panic button, that can be activated by the user when a risk situation arises; the main novelty of the system is a set of sensors for key physiological variables and voice recognition, that are able to detect a panic or high-fear-stress emotion in the user, who can be unable to push the panic button. 


The two devices of BINDI can work separately and together, always thanks to the connection to the smart cellular phone. The highest safety and security is achieved with the complete set of devices, but lower (and sometimes enough) degrees of safety are assured when wearing a single device and the cellular phone. 



Lecture: Bindi. Jewelry to Detect, Prevent and Combat Violence Against Women.

Speakers: Ms. Clara Sainz de Baranda, Professor of Audiovisual Communication at UC3M and Ms. Celia López Ongil, professor of electronic technology at UC3M.
UC3M Conference - March 2018


Media appearances during our participation in the competition


Jewelry against sexual abuse


The University Carlos III of Madrid participates in the international contest 'Anu & Naveen Jain Women's Safety', where teams from all over the world compete to develop technological solutions for the safety of women. Read more.


CADENA SER RADIO - 01/11/2018 (Spanish)


Crean una 'joya' con un dispositivo interno que envía alertas a la Policía en situaciones de peligro


Para proteger a las mujeres de cualquier tipo de violencia, investigadores españoles han creado un dispositivo en forma de colgante capaz de enviar un mensaje de socorro de forma automática sin necesidad de que la víctima lo active. Ver vídeo y noticia



ANTENA 3 "Informativos 15h" - 13/05/2018 (Español/Spanish)


 Jewels protect against abuse

Bindi is a jewelry accessories solution that allows registering and recognizing the emotions of panic and stress in the woman user. Through a mobile 'app' is activated to emergency alarm to receive help immediately. Read more.


EL MUNDO (Newspaper) - 01/04/2018 (Spanish)


La pulsera que puede evitar agresiones sexuales y asesinatos machistas


Un equipo universitario español ultima un prototipo de ‘wearables’ que detectan la violencia contra las mujeres y se comunican con el móvil para avisar de emergencias. Read more.


EL PAÍS - 21/06/2018 (Spanish)



 1. Electronic Technology (UC3M)

The Electronic Technology Department has researchers with experience in hardware acceleration of signal processing, sensor instrumentation and wireless sensor networks as well as in low power digital circuits and embedded systems, in terms of publications, training and research projects. Most of these projects included the use of high processing microelectronic devices within distributed systems, managing large amounts of data coming from sensors and dealing with hard conditions (interferences, ionizing radiation (fault tolerance), high degree of autonomy (low power consumption), ageing, intentional attacks (security), etc.)


 2. Telematics Engineering (UC3M)

Within the research groups of UC3M, the Advanced Switching and Communication Technologies (ADSCOM) research group has relevant experience in networking and cybersecurity both in terms of publications (http://adscom.it.uc3m.es/publications), training and research projects. Most of these projects included the development of networking and cyber-security software used in large-scale experiments with real users. The group has a proven track-record of R&D in IPv4/IPv6/MPLS/Ethernet, energy efficient networking, optical networks, Internet routing architectures, peer-to-peer (P2P), quality of service (QoS), programmable networks, virtualisation and network security.

 3. Signal Processing and Communications (UC3M)

The Multimedia Processing Group (GPM – Grupo de Procesado Multimedia) at University Carlos III Madrid is a young and dynamic research group whose main areas of interest include speech, audio, image and video processing, specially on multimedia content extraction, speech technologies, last generation video coding and medical bioimaging. GPM combines its rich skillfulness in multimedia analysis and representation (coding, segmentation, edge detection, object tracking, morphology, etc.) with a deep understanding of the individual media (regions of interest, hierarchy, perception) solidly rooted in modern machine learning and knowledge discovery expertise to bring useful interpretations of multimedia data for a wide variety of applications including automatic image and video annotation, embedded vocal interfaces, speech transcription for hearing-impaired caption generation, HDTV video coding or weather nowcasting, bioimage-based medical applications, etc. The group comprises six PhD professors, six PhD students and a number of MEng and pregraduate students. Its internationally trained members have received inputs from several prestigious institutions through pre and postdoctoral fellowships (International Computer Science Institute –ICSI-, Berkeley, USA, Purdue University, Indiana, USA, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz -DFKI-, Saarbrücken, Germany, Universidad de Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and University of Trento, Italy, among others.

  4. Gender Studies Institute (UC3M)

The Gender Studies Institute of Carlos III University of Madrid is devoted to the reflection and integration of gender perspective in every scientific sphere, being priority the scientific research and innovation with a multidisciplinary approach, as well as the participation in national and international working networks, the diffusion and training of specialized post-graduate studies with a gender perspective in different topics. The Gender Studies Institute participates in many research projects funded by Spanish Public Institutions and devoted to research on current critical situations in nowadays diverse families (elder care, children care, violence against women, etc.

 5. MaqLab (UC3M)

MaqLab is a group of advanced research on synthesis, analysis, modeling and simulation of mechanisms and machines. The MaqLab group carries out research, development and innovation tasks in mechanical engineering. Its activities include research projects applied to industry, vehicles, transportation, security and defense concerning advanced mechanisms, special mechanisms, magneto-mechanics, applied tribology, biomedical devices and measurement, monitoring and maintenance techniques.

 6. Center for Industrial Electronics (UPM)

Center for Industrial Electronics has researchers with experience in Power electronics, radio-based systems, and embedded systems, for many different applications. Among them, three experts in Wireless Sensor Networks have joined UC3M4Safety team. Their considerable experience in hardware and software development for WSN design, deployment and operation will benefit the proposal.