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The golden years of the PERS market

Not all PERS device users are in their golden years; however, a user could be a 68-year-old long distance runner
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04/20/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—The users of personal emergency response systems (PERS) are getting younger. They are generally technologically savvy. The technology is getting more advanced. And so monitoring stations, manufacturers and dealers have reasons to believe the golden age of PERS market growth has begun.

Numera releases combination life safety-PERS hub

Tim Smokoff: Users’ activity levels are passive and active
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04/04/2016

CARLSBAD, Calif.—Nortek Security and Control on March 31 announced its new Numera Home Safety Hub, an expanded way to monitor the activity levels of PERS users.

News with Securus' buyers

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Securus and the two companies that acquired its assets.  

Securus, a company focused on GPS tracking and PERS, was divided and sold in two parts in the first quarter of 2015. The PERS side of the business was sold to Freeus, a newly founded sister company to AvantGuard, formed for the purpose of acquiring this part of Securus. BrickHouse Security acquired the GPS business.

I find this interesting lately because BrickHouse yesterday started a Kickstarter to fund the development of mBand—a new mPERS solution designed for independent women. 

The mBand is taking an interesting approach to the mPERS device: making it into a ring, instead of a bracelet or pendant. At the time of writing this, 53 “backers” have supported the idea with $8,900.

Securus has also been on my mind because I was just speaking with Freeus’ GM Brock Winzeler about how the company has done in the year after it’s acquisition of Securus PERS business. The company has more than doubled the customer base since the purchase. You can read more about that here.

Freeus more than doubles customers in post-acquisition year

Company to show off first Freeus product at ISC West
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03/30/2016

OGDEN, Utah—Since Freeus’ acquisition of Securus’ PERS assets in early March 2015, the company has doubled its customer base and now has more than 100 dealers.

SSN '20 under 40' winner launches new mPERS company

CallSafe device not just for elderly demographic, also useful for hikers, lone workers
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03/23/2016

PHOENIX—Nicole Swartwout, one of SSN’s “20 under 40” Class of 2015 award winners, has co-founded CallSafe, an mPERS provider based here.

Total Monitoring Services to open medical monitoring division

Tim Sproul: Division will open in 2016
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02/10/2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Total Monitoring Services, a wholesale monitoring center based here, is looking to the future, and according to company president Tim Sproul that means focusing on PERS and mPERS.

Numerex releases enterprise-level mPERS device

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09/25/2015

ATLANTA—Numerex, a provider of wireless monitored devices, has introduced mySHIELD, a new mPERS system designed for lone workers, the elderly and others on a large scale.

North American PERS market to hit $3 billion in 2020

Mobile PERS called important trend
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08/24/2015

MADHAPUR, India—The North American PERS market is growing at a 4.2 percent CAGR according to a recent IndustryARC report, and it will rise from $2.2 billion in 2014 to around $3 billion in 2020.

Entering PERS: problematic or practical?

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PERS. It’s come up a lot lately—everywhere I look it seems that I’m hearing about new angles to the market, and new contenders. One thing I’ve also heard plenty of is that it’s not a space for everyone. But some seem to be finding it a very sensible new market.

Just recently the cellphone provider Consumer Cellular entered the market, choosing this as a logical space to make its first step outside of cell phones. I think it’s interesting that a market avoided by some can be an easy fit for others.

Another newcomer is Blue Star. The company took a look at a certain area it saw as underserved: the veteran community and their families. Now, Blue Star is looking to triple sales by the fall.

It was even a lively discussion at ESX. AvantGuard’s COO Justin Bailey said that mPERS is a quickly growing market. PERS isn’t for everyone, panelists said, because it can take a toll on your operators that you need to be prepared for. Daniel Oppenheim, VP for Affiliated Monitoring, said that it might be best left to those centrals that can handle it.

Now, the Medical Alert Monitoring Association is looking toward its annual meeting, catering specifically to the medical alarm space.

So, it seems that the PERS market is particular, a very specific niche in the industry of monitoring, but there is space for those companies willing to look into the space and work their way into it.

Consumer Cellular enters mPERS market

Company takes first step outside cellphones; VRI will do monitoring
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07/14/2015

PORTLAND, Ore.—Consumer Cellular, a nationwide mobile phone company focused on the 50-plus demographic, has entered the mPERS market with its new product, the Ally.

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