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Hit The Panic Button
May 22, 2011
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Solution Overview

Henry Siegel, Chief Visionary Officer (love that title) at MobileTrec helped me understand what Personal Safety Networks (PSN) can do for people. And it’s a lot.  Henry made the analogy that their solution is like having OnStar on your cell phone. If you get into trouble you can literally hit a panic button on the phone which sends emails and text alerts to your emergency contacts along with your GPS location and also connects you to a call center. The call center can connect you, the people on your emergency contact list, and the appropriate 911 dispatch center in a conference call. The call center can even send an Emergency Safety Profile (vital statistics, medical conditions, GPS location, current photo, and more) to the PSAP dispatcher.

This also solves the problem of misdirected 911 calls. If I am vacationing in Colorado and call 911 from my cell phone I will probably get routed to the PSAP in Bellevue, WA near where I live. With the MobileTrec application I would be routed to the nearest PSAP no matter where I am. That’s a good thing.

This application can also send special instructions or important medical information to 911 dispatchers, emergency responders, and anyone you want across the United States or the world. Also a good thing.

This application works best on any Smartphone but the older feature phones can use speed dial instead of an actual panic button.


For Example

I see both personal and professional ways to use this technology. On the personal side, kids could use it (especially my daughter who is off to college), elderly relatives, vacationers, and people with medical conditions. On the professional side, businesses could use it for their employees, field workers, drivers, and business travelers. Public safety agencies could use it for their field staff. In a disaster scenario, people could use it to let others know that they are in trouble and where they are located.

Here’s a thought – since most cities use a PSAP at some level, they could become the call center for the service and offer it to citizens and employees. The city could actually generate revenue through this service. This is why Henry is the Chief Visionary Officer, he thinks outside the box.

What Sets Them Apart

This is the only solution of its type that can connect mobile numbers, Google Voice, Skype, or Vonage mobile phone applications to emergency services nationwide.  It is also the only certified solution that can deliver the subscriber’s name, cell number, precise GPS location, pictures, and vital information to the nearest PSAP.

Price Tag

The free version includes text and email panic button alerts to your safety network.

The $9.95/month version gets you the full featured panic button, text and email alerts, 24/7 call center conference calling, direct access to 911, advanced GPS location services, and an emergency safety profile.

Final Thoughts

People are very mobile. Most people have or know how to use cell phones. It’s a tough world out there and you never know what can happen. This service can help you, your family, your employees, and the people you serve stay safer. I’m signing my family up.

Company Facts

Company Name:  MobileTrec
HQ City & ST: Sherman Oaks, CA
# Employees: 30
Other locations: New York, Los Angeles, Miami
Phone: 323.680.5411
Email:  Henry@MobileTrec.com
Web site:http://safekidzone.com, http://safetrec.com.
Markets: Alarm Monitoring, Campus Safety, Not For Profit, Child Safety, Travel, Community and Homeowner Associations, Geo-Social Networks, Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security.
Years in business: 4



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