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OCT 2017

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Page 28 of 54 Oct O ber 2017 S ec U r I t Y SYS te MS N e WS Monitoring 22 What Happens Next May Save Lives Two-Way, Mass-Communication System with Live Video Access Chicago Washington D.C. Detroit Los Angeles Milwaukee Multi-media technology improves communication and can make police response more effective during an active-shooter situation or other severe emergency. For more info about Incident Command and Control, visit EM24.US, contact our Sales Department at 1-800-800-3624 or email The PERS market has been rapidly changing over the last five years, according to Herranen. "People actually interested in personal safety devices, or devices providing them independence longer, are actually younger. So, that means that the average age of the traditional PERS system owner is nowadays younger than it was five years ago," she said. Several trends are driving the mar- ket, according to Herranen. "When more and more people are interested in PERS or mobile PERS … that also means that the importance of ease of use, and ease of installation and ease of integration grows," she said. Another trend is toward understanding wellness, and being more proactive. Connectivity is an important part of aging-in- place, according to Baskin. "For a senior, one of the important things is keep- ing them from being isolated," he said. "A senior that is feeling lonely, isolated and depressed could be in just as much danger as a senior feeling chest pains." Currently for Nortek Security and Control, communication to caregivers comes in the form of notifications, but that could change in the future, according to Herranen. "Looking forward, we see an oppor- tunity to increase that communica- tions channel to be more encom- passing … maybe even thinking of integrating a video [element]." PERS technologies are being infused with more technology that could be a benefit in the future. Some people are using all of the technolo- gies put into PERS devices and some are not, Adams noted. "As time goes on, more and more people will be utilizing these features and functions that we're putting into these devices. So, we think it's important to have those features and functions ready so when the population starts shifting, it's there for them," he said. Bangerter said: "We're overdesign- ing the base … of our devices right now for our future, to add future features very easily." Adams underlined the impor- tance of simplicity in mPERS and PERS devices to better fit the senior market. "You've got a simple device for a user, and that's all you want them to have—you just want them pushing a button in the event of an emergency. And you've got a more involved device that the loved ones can look at. It's the same device, but they're going to be looking at more involved data," Adams said. Personal emergency response systems should fit into every con- sumer's life, according to Bangerter, "Every person in the U.S.A. should have a mobile PERS at some point. And then, just the same, every per- son should have an in-home PERS solution." SS n Fall detection has become a more integral part of business, Bangerter pointed out. "Five years ago, it was kind of 'it's good if you have it,' but there weren't any out that really were reliable. Now … you have to have fall detection, a fall detection pendent [or] device, to be a successful PERS company." The technology for fall detection has gotten better in recent years, Bangerter said, "but, at the end of the day, there's no way to, 100 percent of the time, detect a fall." Fall detection is not the only technology being brought in. Adams added that there is additional func- tionality built into Wearable Health Solutions' units that assists caregiv- ers but doesn't need interaction from the end user, such as fall detection, tracking and geofencing. "What the new technology has done is it's opened up the industry for us, so it's not just for elderly people," Adams said. Geofencing is a recent development in the mPERS space, Adams said, and it has opened up new markets, such as for people with Alzheimer's, dementia or autism. "It's great for latchkey kids also," Adams continued. "Latchkey kids come home from school, they come inside a predefined geofence, which is the perimeter of the house. When they get home, it sends a signal to the parents that the kids are home." Adding health tracking can open up the market for PERS and mPERS devices, outside of seniors, "for anyone who wants [to add] personal safety and wellness information in their life," Herranen said. Baskin also highlighted mPERS as a key technological growth over the past five years, and one that has a variety of uses including lone workers and children. Anu Herranen PERS Continued from page 19

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