Google has partnered with the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) and the Asian American Federation (AAF) to provide Nest cameras to AAPI-owned small businesses, helping improve their safety amid increasing burglaries and vandalism across the country.
The initiative, dubbed the AAPISTRONG Nest Cam Kit, will give out kits that include three indoor Nest cameras, a 12-month subscription to Nest Aware and professional installation services. A pilot program that included more than 20 businesses in New York found success in better reporting to law enforcement.
“As the Senior Creative for Google Nest Marketing, I knew we had the products to help — so anyone can operate a business without fear of violence or hate,” Jean Shim said in a blog post. “[The AAPISTRONG Nest Cam Kit] is intended to help these business owners better protect their storefronts and get peace of mind, both during business hours and after closing time.”
AAPI-owned small businesses in Atlanta, Chicago, the greater DC Area and Houston can apply for the AAPISTRONG Nest Cam Kit until Oct. 31. Up to 650 applicants will be accepted.
Applicants must have a physical store, have no more than three store locations, not be part of a chain or franchise, and be majority-owned by an AAPI person. It must also employ between one to 50 people — with at least one able to speak in English for the installation process — be in business for over a year, not be in the healthcare industry or another industry geared toward children, and of course, have internet access.
“The AAPISTRONG Nest Cam Kit has added an additional layer of protection and security for our staff and restaurant,” a business owner from the pilot program said. “We are using the Nest Cameras to accurately report and submit footage to our local precinct and council members for problematic encounters.”
Interested businesses can apply for an AAPISTRONG Nest Cam Kit here.