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Guard Llama vs. Other Solutions
If you’re researching mobile security devices (panic buttons) you know finding companies who provide real solutions to the problem of personal safety a challenge. Unfortunately, most of the available applications and devices only offer the illusion of security, rather than the real, tangible, testable service that Guard Llama provides.
Two Solutions – Mobile and Workplace
Whether your team is out in the field or works from an office, Guard Llama has a solution for you.
Mobile Solution: Our mobile solution pairs a panic button key fob with an app on your smartphone and works anywhere you have cell service in the United States. When you alert by pressing the button on your key fob, our emergency dispatch center tries to call you. If they don’t reach you – or you answer and confirm its an emergency – they immediately dispatch emergency services to your location along with your picture and medical information. Our enhanced GPS gives them your location within 9 feet – including vertical, so police know which floor of a building to search.
Workplace Solution: If you need to secure your office, hotel rooms or other property use our wall hub solution. This solution pairs a panic button with a wall hub that alerts dispatch when anyone in your office or hotel presses the button. You can choose to have us handle dispatch or have the alert go to your security team. Like the mobile solution, the hub solution locates you within 9 feet – making it easy for responders to quickly provide help.
What about competitors? We believe we have the best solution – here’s a comparison of our service vs. our competitors’.
Lifeline Response and Emergency
These are two applications that connect you to a dispatch center in the same way that Guard Llama does. The major difference is that they are just that – applications. In order for you to use and access their service, you are required to open and run the application from your phone. This is just not realistic in the case of a real emergency.
Guard Llama was created in the aftermath of events in which people were not able to use their phones to send for help. If somebody is physically threatening your safety, you will likely not have the ability get to your phone, unlock it, search through your applications, and activate your emergency service app. What these applications seem to neglect is the reality that in an emergency, you will be panicking and potentially physically compromised. Guard Llama was designed to be used without touching your phone at all.
Our patented, proprietary technology is the first in the world to allow a Bluetooth device to communicate with a phone in lock mode.
This service uses a small Bluetooth remote to trigger their emergency alert application. On the surface, this seems much like the service that Guard Llama offers. However, this is where the similarities end. The Wearsafe application is only equipped to alert your selected network of friends and family. They do not offer access to dispatch police services, instead putting this responsibility on those in the user’s contact network. Basically, your friends and family are put in the situation of dialing 9-1-1 for you. When you trigger your Guard Llama remote, you can be confident knowing that we are sending the police. Our subscribers are monitored 24/7 by our UL Listed, federally certified dispatch center. When you push the button, a trained emergency responder immediately dispatches the closest police to your exact GPS location. No matter how much we love our friends and family, this is something that they just can’t do.
Real Agent Guard
This is a security service specifically marketed for realtors to use during showings and open houses. Like Wearsafe, this is a user-alert-only application, meaning it does not alert the police. However, it also requires a volunteer to monitor users at all times, meaning that if there is no monitor volunteer online from a brokerage, no distress signals will be seen. All users must first log in to the service to activate it as well. Agents then set timers that are triggered to send alarms if they are not deactivated by a set time – leaving an injured realtor potentially suffering for hours until they hit their limit and someone comes to look for them.
The EV-07 panic button is a keychain-style fob. Its Chinese manufacturer markets it under the name EV-07 for tracking children, pets and the elderly. The device operates on a wireless network, has a built-in microphone and receiver and can be mapped remotely with geo-location software. A button marked “SOS” calls for help when pressed.
But some features could be turned against the user, the security audit done for the AP by the Boston-based security firm Rapid7 found. The AP tested two devices issued in Colombia, while Rapid7 bought buttons directly from the manufacturer.
The most serious vulnerability lets anyone with the device’s phone number remotely disable it and surreptitiously take control. Simple text messages can reset it or activate the microphone remotely, turning it into a listening post, the audit found. Because the device can be remotely wiped, it can also be reconfigured from afar, said Deral Heiland, the researcher with Rapid7 who performed the audit. The Guard Llama key fob doesn’t have a microphone or store your data.
Wireless activation | 24/7 monitoring | Real-time, vertical and horizontal, GPS information| Solutions for both mobile or location-based workers |