A brief history of panic buttons
Panic buttons have been consistently changing throughout time. The first recorded panic button was created in 1853 for burglaries. It was a simple, battery-operated device that alerted people through circuits and vibrations. When someone would open a door or window, the sudden flow of currents would send vibrations to a hammer, which would then strike a bell. Fast-forward to World War II, when panic alarm systems and Bluetooth panic button were first installed in bomber planes to allow pilots to alert crew members if the plane had been hit by enemy fire. Fast-forward again to 1987, when the notorious phrase “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” came to life with the creation of a wearable panic device, Life Alert. People considered each iteration revolutionary for its time in the world of safety. However, in today’s modern times, the functions on those devices are limited and outdated, making them unreliable.
An outdated industry
Today’s world is all about technological advancements. But unlike other technologies, the personal safety space is falling behind – and not advancing quickly enough to keep pace with today’s demands. Society is moving away from the sole use of physical devices and moving towards the use of smartphones and tablets, allowing users to summon help through applications.
Finally, something that meets our needs
Silent Beacon is aware that advancements in personal safety are falling behind. People want everything in one place – on their phones. This is why Silent Beacon developed a free panic button app. The app is the Bluetooth panic button of their handheld panic device, the Beacon.
Silent Beacon’s panic button app keeps you connected to your loved ones and first responders in the event of an emergency situation. With one touch, you can send alerts, emails, push notifications, text messages, and voice calls to your pre-stored contact list in the panic button app. You can also set up the app so it calls 911 when you’re in an emergency. With this Bluetooth panic button, you’ll never have to worry about receiving help in an emergency situation.
The panic alerts are customizable, allowing you to send personalized messages to your contacts. In alert mode, the panic button app allows you to send your current location for people to view your GPS location in real time. So, if you’re ever unsure of your whereabouts, recipients of your alert will have no problem finding and getting to you quickly. And when you’re in an emergency that is not life-threatening, you can set your Bluetooth panic button to non-emergency mode, in which you can send your contacts a “Nudge” to inform them of the situation and that you’re okay.
A deadly situation with two possible outcomes
Try to put yourself in this situation. You’ve just dropped your kids off at school and have returned home. Your partner has already left for work. You’re home alone. As you’re making your morning coffee, you begin to feel that something isn’t right. You feel pressure in your chest and pain in your shoulders and arms. You begin to experience shortness of breath, dizziness, and excessive sweating, almost like you’re having a panic attack. But you know this isn’t a panic attack. This is much worse. You realize you’re having a heart attack.
This is a terrifying situation that many people, unfortunately, experience. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that heart diseases claim around 610,000 lives in the United States each year. In fact, heart disease is the cause of 1 in every 4 deaths.1 With heart attacks being such a common killer, it’s extremely important to make sure you’re prepared for an event like this.
Now, return to the previous hypothetical situation. Just like the storybooks that allow you to choose your own ending, this situation is the same. You can choose from two possible outcomes.
The first outcome is the less favorable of the two. You’ve just realized that you’re having a heart attack, so now you’re panicking. You frantically search for the home phone to call 911, but your kids haven’t put it back in the holster — and the phone is nowhere to be found. The next thing you know, you’re unconscious and on the floor. You only have a few minutes to be saved, but the likelihood of that happening is very slim, given the fact that you’re home alone. In the end, you may not receive the help you need.
The second outcome is much more favorable. You’ve just realized that you’re having a heart attack and you’re now panicking. Your first instinct is to find the home phone and call 911, but you see your cell phone sitting on the counter, just a few steps away. You quickly grab it and open the Silent Beacon panic button app. In an instant, you manage to send an alert to your family and call 911. You fall to the floor and are unconscious, but within two minutes, you’re in the back of an ambulance, on your way to the hospital. You survive the heart attack.
Which outcome will you choose?
With the Silent Beacon Bluetooth panic button, you won’t ever have to worry about keeping track of your multiple devices to get help in an emergency situation. Everything you could possibly need is all on your phone. This panic button app is a revolutionary invention that is finally meeting the needs of our ever-modernizing society. So, next time you’re in a life-threatening situation, which outcome will you choose?