Some places are relatively safe, while others are just unsafe. No such thing as a perfectly safe place exists, because danger–life-threatening or not–lurks everywhere in the form of acts of nature or acts of human doing. What do you do when you are in danger?
The most immediate response of most people is to panic and to call for help. With Android smartphones and other “smart” mobile devices these days, you can skip the panic part and summon the help you need with MobileTREC’s family of next-generation 911 mobile applications: SafeKidZone and SafeTREC.
With a Panic Button enabled on Android smartphones equipped with SafeKidZone or SafeTREC, one can instantly send distress signals to a self-chosen set of contacts (Safety Network).
Here’s how MobileTREC’s solution works:
During an emergency, all you need to do is activate MobileTREC’s application and press the Panic Button. Doing so will set off a chain of events intended to help you in your emergency.
Danger is lurking around the corner, but you could do something to prevent it from happening. While MobileTREC’s Panic Button comes in handy in actual danger situations, the MobileTREC apps also provide features that help you stay clear of danger.
The Panic Button is the main feature of MobileTREC’s safety apps, but it actually works in synergy with the other following features built into the system:
George Corbin, chief of Wylie, Texas Fire Department (Wylie Fire-Rescue), notes from his personal experience that “the most vulnerable populations are the very young and the very old” who, he says, often “just need a little assistance, guidance, or reassurance, and don’t need to call 9-1-1.”
“Parents and caretakers also need to know everything is okay with those they are responsible for…[The MobileTREC system] provides that, and can extend independent living for the elderly, or monitored freedom for the young while they are in that awkward time between childhood and adulthood,” Corbin adds.
Wylie Fire-Rescue is one of the agencies considering the MobileTREC solution for its employees since the MobileTREC system can “give [the Wylie Fire-Rescue] employees great peace of mind for their spouses and children while they are away and not able to watch over their families first-hand.”
Morgan Hertel, director of California-based Mace Central Station, sums up the MobileTREC solution: “With the MobileTREC application, when you bring the central station online, the operator knows immediately who you are, where you are, what you look like, what you drive, who your family contacts are. And that operator knows what agency is appropriate to your location to get you the quickest help.”
MobileTREC CEO Don Ferguson, however, describes SafeKidZone and SafeTREC essential functionality in the most concise way: “Where are you and do you need help?”
The free versions are capable only of sending text/email Panic Button alerts and of defining a Safety Network. To enable the full set of features, an upgrade is required and costs US$9.95 monthly–arguably a small price to pay in exchange for peace of mind and rapid help in times of trouble.
At the heart of the SafeKidzone and SafeTREC safety apps is MobileTREC’s deep respect for the human predisposition to panic in the face of danger–and MobileTREC’s mission not to let people–young and old alike–feel helpless and vulnerable when threats to their own lives or to their loved ones’ lives hang upon their heads like the sword of Damocles.