European firms develop mobile safety device

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, June 2, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, England--A working prototype of a mobile phone-based personal emergency reporting system may evolve into a revenue opportunity for central stations.
Fen Technology, in conjunction with Securecom Technologies, developed a panic alarm system that provides location information when activated. The unit is comprised of a wearable pendant with Bluetooth technology and either a Bluetooth-enabled GSM mobile phone or satellite phone.
Bluetooth is a wireless standard for short distance, and low-power consumption networking.
The product, branded Wireless Personal Alarm, can be used to send alerts via a handset to a list of pre-programmed numbers or directly to a monitoring firm. Once activated, the user's location is determined either through the use of the wireless network or GPS satellites.
Based here, Fen Technology is an electronic design services company, and Securecom Technologies is a Tralee, Ireland-based developer of wireless safety applications for the consumer and commercial markets.
The companies expect to commercialize the product by the third quarter and have not yet announced any distribution partnerships.