APPLETON, Wis., Dec. 7, 2012—/PRNewswire/—Two Wisconsin inventors have developed and successfully patented CrimeAware™, a product that provides real-time crime data on web-connected smartphones and GPS units.
Tom Trinko and Paul Hager with legal help from patent attorney Keith Baxter of Boyle Fredrickson, S.C., the largest intellectual property law firm in Wisconsin, who received the patent, believe there is a market for GPS units that have crime information available onboard.
“It’s a natural evolution of information and technology to combine incident-based crime data with portable navigation systems in an easy-to-read format for consumers, companies and even law enforcement use,” says Trinko, an entrepreneur with an International Executive MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UW-Eau Claire.
The idea for CrimeAware originated as Trinko and his wife drove their rented yellow Mustang convertible around Miami while on a vacation. “We turned into the wrong neighborhood as we tried to find our way to a Latin Music Awards show, and we both wondered why our GPS had sent us on a confusing route into a questionable part of town,” he says.