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MobileTrec Announces SafeKidZone Mobile Child Protection App

Date: 2011-03-28
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"It’s like OnStar for your kid instead of your car."

Los Angeles-based company, MobileTrec, has launched SafeKidZone, a mobile personal security network based on a mobile phone application that places a “Panic Button” on kids’ cell phones which can rapidly connect to 9-1-1.

Yearly 800,000 children go missing from their families. For every 1000 children, 11 go missing. Statistically, if the child is not recovered by authorities within 48 hrs, the odds for finding them are slim.

If a child is in danger, being bullied, being stalked by a predator or kidnapper, is injured, etc., inconspicuously holding down a designated number on their cell phone activates the SafeKidZone Panic Button. This instantly triggers an SMS text and email to their select group of friends, family, safe neighbors, and SafeKidZone’s 24/7 Response Call Center. It also opens a conference call so that all who respond to the Panic Button alert can conference in, hear what’s going on and coordinate action. Live video streaming of the event is also a feature.

If it’s truly an emergency situation, the Call Center escalates the alert to the nearest Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) (9-1-1 Dispatcher) based on the kid’s exact GPS location and puts a screen-pop on the 9-1-1 Dispatcher’s monitor with a link to the kid’s Emergency Safety Profile, showing a recent photo of the kid, height, weight, date of birth/age, blood type, GPS location, contact data, etc., as well as realtime updates, enabling the 9-1-1 Dispatcher to conference in as well.

This web-enabled direct connect by-passes the legacy analog telecom system, with its inherent hold times and situational fog. Emergency response time is cut to the irreducible minimum, thus saving lives.

 “We sought a solution that would utilize cutting-edge technology to provide a way to increase personal security,” said MobileTrec’s CEO Don Ferguson. “Currently, in the United States more than eighty percent of adults and over seventy percent of all teenagers now own cell phones. This fact alone made it obvious to us that the cell phone is the one object that the vast majority of individuals carry with them at all times – regardless of age, gender, race or economic status. And so we decided to transform the now-ubiquitous mobile phone into a personal security device.”

The objective of SafeKidZone is to place such a Panic Button on the cell phones of every kid between the ages of 8–18 and prevent kids from becoming statistics.

Please visit www.mobiletrec.com or www.safekidzone.com for further information.

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via MobileTrec, 2/4/11)

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