I have a friend that was followed while walking home late one night. Luckily, she was aware of her surroundings and managed to duck into a parking lot to ditch the would-be assailant. She then called a friend to pick her up and made it home unharmed.
If she didn’t have her mobile phone with her, the story may have played out different.
The Safeti is a personal safety device that could help people in her situation. It’s designed to trigger a customizable alert that is automatically sent to emergency contacts and which includes your GPS location. It doesn’t require smartphone connectivity.
You can pre-order the Safeti via IndieGoGo for $89, which is a crowdfunding service similar to Kickstarter. Early birds can order one for $10 to $15 off. The Safeti is expected in August of 2015.
When the user clicks and holds the button on the Safeti , it is designed to automatically send a message to the people in a designated safety circle with a text message and a link to the person’s current location.
In a real emergency, the user will be able to click the button three times to notify a personal safety concierge. This person will talk you through the situation, giving you advice on where the nearest open convenience store or brightly lit street is.
If you don’t answer your phone when the personal concierge calls, the police will be contacted. The Safeti is designed to connect with nearby cell towers to provide police with a person’s location, even without a cell phone.
The device will come with four free calls from a personal safety concierge. Additional calls will require a small fee that is not determined at this time.
The personal safety concierge is part of an emerging industry that is still in its early stages. The few services that currently exist, like TotalTrack and Zomm, require a cell phone or smartphone in order to work.
The Safeti is the first stand-alone device of this type that I’ve seen which can send alerts even when it’s not connected to a smartphone.