Emergencies can strike anywhere, at any time. We have to be vigilant about our own safety along with our loved ones and our homes. In such life-altering situations one may not have the time to navigate through apps to make calls, hence, in times like these IoT based tracking devices and panic buttons come to the rescue.
Types of IoT-based tracking devices and panic BUTTONS FOR various emergency systems
Personal SoS devices
If you generally work till late or return home alone after work, this tracker might prove to be very useful for you. How this works is that there is a personal SOS device that is connected to an IoT mobile app. You can go to the app and add your emergency contacts. When in distress, you can press the button on your device and your contacts will receive an auto-generated call, a text message, and a push notification showing them your live location.
Sensor-based Wearable tracking Devices- (detects accidental fall, accident, patient’s status monitoring, elderly health, etc)
IoT-based panic buttons and Fall detectors are very famous sensor-based wearables. Generally used by people with restricted mobility, those with disabilities, or the bedridden elderly, this device is worn around the wrist or the neck. As such people cannot reach out to a button, so this device uses accelerometers to detect the fall. Fall monitors basically a 9-axis sensor, a device that can measure if a person has fallen by detecting any sudden changes in the body and immediately activating the emergency fall alert.
Finders for your belongings
Is it just me or do you even keep losing your keys, wallets, and phones all the time? It can be very frustrating when you can’t find your essentials when you’re on your way out. IoT-based tags can come to your rescue. These tags can be put on various devices that you want to keep track of. An app is installed on your smartphone, using which you can ring the device to find your object. This can work the other way around too. You can press the button on these devices to track your phone. The devices work using Bluetooth, but when not in Bluetooth range, you can use the app on your smartphone to track the most recent location to find them.
IoT-based trackers for your children
These are small, fancy-looking devices that you can put on your children to ensure their safety at all times. You can track them in real-time from any distance and with customized geofencing, you can set up trusted places, like home or school, and you’re alerted when they leave or arrive at those places.
IoT-based Trackers for Pets
These trackers for pets can be put on their collar or leash so that you can monitor their movement 24×7 and can even pinpoint their exact location. They are enabled with geo-fencing and will send alerts to your smartphone anytime your pet escapes the house. Additionally, you can set fitness goals for your pet based on their breed, age and weight and even catch potential health issues with the help of the tracker by monitoring their licking, scratching, and sleep patterns.
Home security using sensors (LPG, smoke detection, etc)
Apart from all of the above, there can be emergency cases when no one is present at your house. Gas leakage and accidental fire can cause a lot of harm to property. To help with that, houses and other commercial buildings are equipped with sensors to secure your home using IoT.
A network of sensors based IoT Devices is created with various sensors sensing different parameters. Gas sensors can detect gases like hydrogen, methane, carbon monoxide, propane, smoke, LPG, etc. Fire sensors are used to detect fire in the building. When these sensors have been triggered the owner and the appropriate authorities are alerted.
Controlling emergencies in multi-storey buildings using IoT
When an emergency situation arrives, security personnel can either update the central system manually or it can also be updated by the sensors automatically in certain cases. This system transfers information to the IoT gateway which will further command the exit signages to change color accordingly, making a clear indication for evacuation.
Apart from GPS, Common Technologies used for IoT based Tracking devices and Panic buttons are
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a good solution for short-range situations where the asset is going to remain in close proximity so that the device can receive the signals. BLE tags are preferred because they are inexpensive and come with a long battery life of up to 10 years.
Low-power wide-area network options tags, even though costlier than BLE, provide long-range connectivity along with a long battery life without the need for huge infrastructure. These technologies are generally designed for periodic check-ins. LTE cat M1 and NBIoT are the two most talked-about LPWAN technologies.
These technologies are viable options for tracking but tend to be more expensive and make use of more power. They are generally used when data needs to be stored in the cloud, data packets are big, and when the infrastructure can provide an external power source.
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At Psiborg Technologies, we have the vision to make society safer. You never know when an emergency could strike and for that, we need to be cautious all the time. With IoT-enabled tracking devices and SoS devices, this vision can be achieved. We develop SoS and tracking devices for various emergency systems with the idea of innovation and the hard work of our team.
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