Emergency Call Pendants Get Smart
New devices monitor for more than just falls.
MobileHelp’s PERS device includes GPS technology.
May 14, 2010 by Lisa Montgomery

We’re all familiar with the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” scenario—where the user, usually an elderly person—presses a button on a wearable pendant to call for help. Most personal emergency response systems (PERS) still have this feature, but smarter models are now embedded with sophisticated technology to notice a fall when the user is unable or unwilling to press a panic button.

The accelerometer sensor and motion signal processing built into Halo Monitoring’s (www.halomonitoring.com) myHalo device ($49/month), for example, can tell if a person has fallen, even if they’re not lying in a horizontal position.

Another wearable device from Halo, called myHalo Complete ($59/month), can also monitor a user’s heart rate and temperature. The information is transmitted via phone lines from a base station in the user’s home to a Halo call station.

Another innovative type of PERS product comes from MobileHelp (www.mobilehelpsys.com). The product (around $35/month) utilizes a combination of GPS and cellular technology to pinpoint the location of a loved one who has roamed away from their home.

Caregivers can log onto a secure website to view a map of the user’s whereabouts. If necessary, the caregiver can call the device to establish two-way communication.

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Lisa Montgomery - Contributing Writer
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.

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