Technologies - Local Mobile Duress

The SARA emergency alert system features local mobile duress (panic buttons) to speed up emergency response. Continue reading to learn how SARA can keep your people safe.

To speed emergency alerting and response, local or premise-based mobile duress technology in the form of personal panic buttons has been widely used in high-risk environments. As the pioneering provider of local mobile duress for situational awareness, Status Solutions has given thousands of people access to immediate assistance and greater peace of mind - from residents of senior living communities to judges to teachers and other school staff. Now we're seeing hotels and resorts, as well as manufacturing facilities, implement local mobile duress to strengthen their safety and security programs. Although "mobile duress" and "panic buttons" are common industry terms that we also use, we try to explain that our situational awareness framework facilitates help because that's the desired outcome. There's no time to waste when lives could be at risk.

SARA's Positioning System (SPS)

The SARA automated alerting engine powers local mobile duress. When a pendant (a.k.a. panic button) is activated, alerts immediately go to the appropriate on- and off-site responders, according to preprogrammed alerting protocols and escalation paths. In addition to delivering real-time alerts produced by mobile pendant presses, SARA also provides approximate location data, a capability that enhances local mobile duress with a level of accuracy not available from traditional RF-based systems. Not only does SPS improve response times and overall quality of service, it also allows valuable equipment to be tracked for life safety, security and operational efficiency.

How does SPS work?

There's no simple way to determine the exact location of an alarm source indoors. However, SARA with SPS, deployed on the Inovonics EchoStream wireless mesh network, calculates the three closest mathematical matches so an alarm source can be found more quickly. SPS is unique because of vector mapping. A vector is a mathematical concept that combines direction and strength to determine the position of one point in space relative to another. SPS automatically creates a vector map that includes every mobile duress device plus other transmitters, called repeaters, to create additional points of interest (POIs) in and around a facility. The more POIs, the more accurate the location data will be. When a mobile duress button is activated, SARA mathematically compares the device in alarm to the vector map and key, providing the three best matches. SPS also works with fixed alarm devices.

Applications for SPS

SARA with SPS for vector mapping provides local mobile duress in a variety of environments including:

  • Senior living communities - mobile duress for residents and asset tracking

  • Hospitals - mobile duress for clinicians/staff and asset tracking

  • K-12 schools - mobile duress for teachers, administrators and students with special needs

  • Courthouses and other criminal or civil justice settings - mobile duress for judges, lawyers, jurors and guards

  • Hotels/resorts - mobile duress for room attendants, other lone workers and VIPs

  • Manufacturing facilities - mobile duress and asset tracking