KPN launches personal emergency-response device

KPN has unveiled a new personal emergency response system for health care clients – the latest in a series of M2M moves by the Dutch telecoms incumbent.

It describes its MySafeGuard product as a “comprehensively integrated solution” that will meet the growing need for more freedom and independence among clients at health care institutions.

The product essentially comprises a device equipped with an alarm button, and uses mobile technology so that health care professionals can immediately determine the exact location of the client.

A Google Maps interface also allows professionals to see the route a client has travelled.

Moreover, staff can use the device to program a “safety zone”, which means an alert will be triggered if a client passes a physical border programmed in advance.

According to KPN (The Hague, Netherlands), the speech connection can be used in the case of emergencies and also for “normal” contact.

An important extra safety feature is the so-called G-Shock detection facility, which means an alarm is instantly sent and a speech connection established if a client falls.

MySafeGuard is said to be compatible with desktops, iPads and mobile units and can easily be integrated with current IT systems.

KPN is offering a fixed rate for use within 33 European countries for both speech and data communications via MySafeGuard, which, it says, means there is not risk of additional expenses for roaming or additional data use.

It also claims the costs of MySafeGuard are very competitive compared with traditional alarm systems.