I have always been an overly protective (some might say paranoid) parent, much to the dismay of my children. I think most parents are to some degree – I might just go a bit overboard.
When my kids were younger and wanted to get the mail which is downstairs (down three flights of steps) I would stand at the top of the stairs and have them talk to me the entire time so I knew they were OK.
When they used to walk the dog I’d have them stay directly in front of our building and I would watch them from the window or balcony.
I have mellowed out a bit, but I am still very concerned about my children’s safety and whereabouts. In this day and age you can never be too sure.
Our daughter is 17 years old and will be off to college this time next year. The idea of our daughter on her own, away at college, far from my protection, scares the heebie jeebies out of me. I am going to be a nervous wreck!
I think one of my biggest fears is our daughter being attacked late at night when she’s returning to her car from her job or after class, or being followed by someone back to her dorm.
Our daughter knows to dial 911 in the event of an emergency, but what if there was no time for that? What if you don’t have your cellphone available?
This article verifies my concerns about young women on college campuses.
There is a personal security device that can help give me, and other parents, peace of mind. It’s called V.ALRT. V.ALRT is a small, wearable personal safety device that can send out urgent calls or texts simply with the touch of a single button. If there is no time to dial 911 all you need to do is press the button of the V.ALRT and it will summon help.
Here is some additional information about V.ALRT.
The V.ALRT is an ergonomically designed device that can be carried discreetly in a pocket or a bag, worn on the wrist with the included band or around the neck as a pendant. Using a multi-axis accelerometer and Bluetooth® SMART (Bluetooth 4.0 LE) technology in association with a software application from VSN Mobil, the V.ALRT initiates calls and text messages from a smartphone. With the push of a button, the V.ALRT connects with the smartphone to send personalized text messages and makes phone calls to three pre-selected contacts. The customizable text message will indicate that help is needed and also provide location information using the GPS feature on the smartphone (when available). The V.ALRT application can also be set to Fall Detect Mode to automatically notify your preselected contacts should a fall be detected.
The V.ALRT provides up to a year of use before needing to replace the battery. The V.ALRT’s companion app is available for both iOS and AndroidTM phones and is fully customizable, yet simple to set up.
The V.ALRT is the first product introduced by VSN Mobil, a company founded by accomplished executives from Motorola, Samsung, Blackberry, Foxconn, General Dynamics and Pininfarina, among others. VSN Mobil designs and manufactures consumer electronics that meet the needs of everyday life and are unique in their durability, affordability and design.
V.ALRT was also mentioned in an press release about college campus safety - School and Campus Violence Response Goes Wearable — Alert Device From VSN Mobil Can Summon Help Anywhere.
I was sent the V.ALRT to review.
V.ALRT works with a FREE application you can download for your smartphone. Once you download the app simply create an account and list your emergency contacts and you are ready to go.
One of the great things about this device is that there is NO MONTHLY SERVICE FEE! That’s right – no extra expenses. For budget conscious families this is wonderful news.
The device also works for a year on it’s battery, so there is no need to worry about regular battery changes. It also does not need to be charged. It’s fully operational 24/7.
It’s also waterproof.
I like that it’s small in size. If it was too noticeable my daughter might not want to take it with her. Because it’s so small she can put it on a key chain or around her neck, tucked under her shirt.
V.ALRT is great for everyone – not just college students. Children, the elderly and just about anyone can benefit from this personal safety device.
V.ALRT senses falls. If the wearer falls and does not press the button the V.ALRT will send out an alert to the emergency contacts in about a minute.
I’m sure everyone has seen those commercials where an elderly person falls down and can’t get up to call for help. With the V.ALRT the person who falls can press the button to notify others that there is an emergency or if they are unable to do so the device will do that for them.
My mother in law had one of those personal safety devices you see advertised on TV and she had to pay a monthly service fee. V.ALRT does something similar with no monthly fee.
This is good for people who like to hike or do sports in the event of a fall.
The V.ALRT also emits an alarm sound to scare off would be attackers while notifying your emergency contacts of your GPS location. I think this feature is going to give me peace of mind with our daughter. I like that the V.ALRT works as both a personal safety alert system and a personal alarm system emitting an alarm sound to scare off attackers.
If you have young children the V.ALRT works to notify you if your child wonders off. It has a 300 foot range. If your child (or an elderly person) goes outside of that 300 foot range it will notify those on the emergency contact list AND send an alarm to the person wearing it so that they know they are out of range and need to turn back.
V.ALRT is small and compact. It can be worn different ways – on the wrist with a wrist strap, around the neck or attach to a key chain (especially with your car and/our house keys).
Whenever our daughter goes out with her friends we make sure she takes the V.ALRT with her. When she goes off to college we are going to make sure she has it with her as well. We plan on getting other V.ALRT devices – one for each family member.
The only downside with this device is that it uses Bluetooth technology. Your phone needs to be within range of the V.ALRT or it won’t work. Also, if your cellphone battery dies the V.ALRT will not work either. So you need me make sure your fully charged phone is always with you (or close by) your V.ALRT button.
My concern with this would be what happens when you are out of cellphone range or in a “dead zone” where there is no service? We live near several state parks and on one major roadway we drive on frequently there is no cell service. I would be concerned that the device wouldn’t work in those situations.
I also don’t like keeping the Bluetooth on because from what I heard it eats up your battery.
Overall I think it’s a great idea. It has it’s quirks, but most products do. If it can provide me with some sense of peace of mind then it’s worth it.
For more information about V.ALRT visit www.vsnmobil.com. Look under “Wearables”. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.