#NeedleClean

A project done to analyze strategies in reducing public bio-hazards 
Many cities are facing an crisis if used needles being left in public places and the fear of harm they might cause. In 2017 Portland's Clean and Safe collected 27,787+ needles in parks and other public spaces. This number has only risen since then. It is a problem that the average citizen may feel they cannot help with due to the fear of contamination, that is until now!
What if all you had to do was take a picture to keep your parks safe from dirty needles? Project Needle Clean aims to help you quickly share information with cleanup! We want to utilize the community to be our eyes on the ground in this epidemic.
Snap a picture of the needle or needles you wish to report. 
Make sure it is a clear image. We are looking to use your images to train an image classifier to be able to identify a needle on its own. The grand goal of this project is to be able to identify bio-hazards from a police bike mounted camera or in the background of park photos. Currently we are using this data to automatically remove false hits.

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Post your picture to twitter with the hashtag #NeedleClean.
Public tweets with this hashtag will be easily searchable by our program and let us gather information regarding bio-hazard issues in our cities.

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Continue on with your day.
The information for cleanup is out there, there isn't anything more to worry about! Please leave the needle alone and NEVER MOVE OR COME IN CONTACT WITH THE NEEDLE unless you have appropriate safety knowledge on how to handle the situation.

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It is important that you geotag your post!
Before posting make sure that your phone allows geotaging in photos, often called "Save Location" in camera settings. It also helps if you tag a nearby location, such as the park, in your post. Alternitevly you can describe the location. We will do our best to combine all information in order to locate the bio-hazard.

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As stated above, NEVER MOVE OR COME IN CONTACT WITH NEEDLES unless you have appropriate safety knowledge on how to handle the situation. This project is not intended to replace cleanup services but allow them to more quickly and accurately respond to bio-hazard situations with little inconvenience to the community. If immediate medical attention is needed please call 911 or the appropriate emergency number for your region.
--- This project has not yet officially launched! ---
We are currently building our systems to be able to accurately identify needle hazards. Tagging images currently will help us train our image classifier and will NOT contact authorities or preform any further actions. 
This project is currently aimed at tests in Portland Oregon. We are working to make connections within Portland Clean and Safe to test early features and integration.
If you are interested in helping feel free to contact me with the information provided at the bottom of this page. We are always looking to expand our knowledge base. 
Working together as a community we can achieve safer cities! 

© 2019 by Mark Brown