School and Campus Violence Response Goes Wearable — Alert Device From VSN Mobil Can Summon Help Anywhere

Parents sending their children to school or college now can provide their loved ones with a way to easily summon help if they detect danger. The V.ALRT Personal Alert Device is a small wearable device that works with a smartphone to make urgent calls and send out texts and location information at the press of a button, summoning help, wherever and whenever someone should need it.

The V.ALRT was designed to be both discrete and foolproof.Even if one’s phone is out of reach or in a bag, it can summon help wherever and whenever it is needed. This truly innovative device was created by VSN Mobil, a company founded by accomplished executives from Motorola, Samsung, Blackberry, Foxconn, General Dynamics and Pininfarina, among others. VSN Mobil plans to pilot the V.ALRT in partnership with Wake Forest University Athletics this fall.

“With V.ALRT, students that witness suspicious individuals or unusual behavior on a school or college campus, or who find themselves in a dangerous situation can simply press the button to summon help from their pre-selected contacts,” explains Matt Gordon, Vice President of Strategic Marketing at VSN Mobil.”V.ALRT was designed to be both discrete and foolproof and ensures that help is just a button press away, even if one’s phone is in a backpack or out of immediate reach.”

V.ALRT is an ergonomically designed device that can be carried discreetly in a pocket or a bag, worn on the wrist, neck, or attached to a keychain. The included standard CR-2032 battery provides up to a year of use.

The device can be paired with any phone supporting Bluetooth(R) SMART (Bluetooth 4.0 LE) technology. The V.ALRT’s customizable, simple companion application is available for both iOS and Android(TM) phones. Once set up, the V.ALRT can initiate both calls and text messages from the smartphone to three pre-programmed contacts. A customizable text message will indicate that help is needed and also provide location information using the GPS feature on the smartphone (when available).

V.ALRT isn’t only for school and campus use — it was designed to be useful in a wide range of scenarios. For instance: